UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva has admitted to faking his UFC 125 drug test from a Jan. 1 win over Brandon Vera after the Nevada State Athletic Commission said the sample was “inconsistent with human urine.”
In a statement posted by his American Top Team representatives on MixedMartialArts.com, Silva said his use of banned substances for a back injury prompted him to provide a fake sample, while accepting whatever punishment he receives, likely including a one-year suspension, fine, and having the win overturned:
“I do want to explain the circumstances behind my actions,” Silva said. “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 (January 2010) 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 re-injured 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 went on to say that his team was unaware and he accepts whatever punishment he will receive from the NSAC on April 7.
In 2007, former UFC Champion Kevin Randleman was suspended for a similar infraction after his loss to Marucio “Shogun” Rua at PRIDE 32. Randleman had similar reasons for his violation and received a one year ban, but no fine, for his actions. It should be pointed out that Randleman likely received no fine because he was hospitalized for kidney trouble at the time.