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Thiago Silva Admits to Using “Urine Adulterant” – SportsUntapped.com
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Added March 31st, 2011 by Matt

Thiago Silva Admits to Using “Urine Adulterant”
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UFC fighter Thiago Silva is confessing to using a “urine adulterant” prior to his UFC 125 fight with Brandon Vera (pictured). That fight, as you might recall, featured Silva dominating Vera and busting his nose to the point where it was gruesomely misshapen. Silva explains:

“I used a urine adulterant when giving a sample following my fight with Brandon Vera. I did so in an attempt to alter the results of the test and knowingly broke the rules of the Nevada Athletic Commission. This was a terrible decision on my part for which I will be punished. I am prepared to accept this punishment, learn from it and move on. I apologize to the Commission, the UFC, Brandon Vera and the MMA fans.

I do want to explain the circumstances behind my actions. Please do not interpret this as an attempt to justify my actions. I know they were wrong and I know I made bad decisions and I know I deserve to be punished. That is why I began my statement with an admission and an apology before going into these details. This is not an excuse, only an explanation.

I had been tested on five prior occasions while fighting for the UFC before the Brandon Vera fight. Four of the tests were urine only and one included a blood sample as well in New Jersey the day before the fight. I passed each of those tests. I suffered a severe back injury shortly before the Rashad Evans fight. It was the biggest fight of my career and there was no way I was going to pull out of it. I fought and lost and was out of action for a year rehabilitating the injury and getting ready to fight again.

I reinjured my back 45 days before the fight with Brandon Vera. After not fighting for a year, I made the decision to not pull out of the fight. I also decided that the only way I could continue with the fight was to take injections in my back and spine that contained substances prohibited by the Nevada Athletic Commission. I also made the decision to use a product to hide the presence of these substances in a urine test.”

Silva’s explanation is understandable, but there just has to be another way. The problem is the perception. Tons of fans or even casual observers of the sport will come away from this with just one remembrance: Thiago Silva cheated and was caught. It’s a black eye on the sport.

And while my heart does indeed pour out for Silva, as well as all the other fighters that have their careers disrupted by injury, that’s a huge part of the sport. You just can’t take banned substances to cope with an injury. He should have went to a commission and made a plea for help.

He didn’t want to pull out of the fight because he didn’t want another layoff, but that’s exactly what he’ll get now when he has to serve a suspension from the commission.

Kudos to Silva for a heartfelt confession. But as he said, he was wrong and he has injured the sport, even if only a little bit.

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