Although Anderson Silva’s suspension is about to end, and he’s been booked for his next fight, the legend still vehemently denies he ever knowingly took performance-enhancing-drugs.
Silva is scheduled to fight Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 83 on February 27th, which is approximately one month after his one year suspension will end. The former middleweight champ was handed that sentence after testing positive for PEDs last January.
The UFC held a conference call on Tuesday to promote the upcoming fight, and of course, Silva’s positive tests were brought up. While Bisping relayed that he lost respect for Silva because of the scandal, the latter repeated what he has before (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“If you look at my body, it never changed (in my career),” Silva said. “Nothing’s ever changed in my body. I never needed to take illegal substances. I took another product that was contaminated. That’s why it came up. I never was tested before (because) I never had a problem taking illegal or banned substances (in my career). I took a contaminated substance and paid the price. Now I want to turn this page in my life.”
There you have it, and chances are, this isn’t the last we’ll hear about PEDs as the bout nears.
All this aside, it’s going to be fascinating to see what goes down at UFC FN 83. Both Silva and Bisping need wins if they hope to stay in the title shot mix. A one sided loss for either man would be a massive setback. Especially for Silva, who is set to turn 41 in April.
UFC FN 83 will take place at London’s O2 Arena.