He readily admitted evading the test and stated that he had been taking anti-inflammatories and a diuretic at the time he fled from the tester that the NAC had sent to his gym in late May. Diuretics are prohibited substances for licensed fighters in Nevada.
Silva’s was subsequently removed from the bout, which was eventually cancelled altogether when after Sonnen failed a random drug test related to the bout.
Silva’s disciplinary situation was to be addressed at Thursday’s NAC meeting in Las Vegas, but the fighter’s camp filed a last-minute motion to dismiss the disciplinary complaint against him. Not having time to review and address the motion prior to Thursday’s meeting, the agenda item to address Silva’s disciplinary complaint was tabled to a future meeting.
After the June NAC meeting, where the commission made it clear that it had intended to file a disciplinary complaint against Silva, the fighter put out a statement via video that seemed to indicate he believed the matter was behind him.
“When they sent that guy to my gym, I was still taking diuretics,” Silva state in the video. “And when you fail a test people don’t want to know if it was diuretics or steroids. I don’t use PEDs or steroids.
“I have nothing to hide and I am glad we solved this. Now I’m waiting for Sonnen’s suspension to end or (Vitor) Belfort to get licensed.”
Silva obviously realizes now that the matter is not solved.
Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for updates on Silva’s situation as they develop.
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