The Ultimate Fighting Championship is reporting on its website that former middleweight champion Anderson Silva will admit to having used “several performance enhancing substances” in order to aid in his recovery from a severely broken leg. The UFC report cites Brazilian media outlet UOL as its source.
According to the report, when Silva goes before the Nevada Athletic Commission in March – a specific date has not yet been set – he will admit to the commission that he took the substances, but only to aid in his healing, not in any attempt to gain an advantage over his opponent.
Silva is currently under a Nevada Athletic Commission mandated temporary suspension after having tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane on Jan. 9 in an out-of-competition drug test, and then testing positive for Drostanolone again in a Jan. 31 fight-night drug test.
The Jan. 31 test also returned positive results for Oxazepam and Temazepam, anti-anxiety medications often used to treat sleep deprivation.
The anti-anxiety medications are not banned substances, but Silva failed to reveal them on his pre-fight medical questionnaire.
Silva, according to the report, will claim that the physician-prescribed drugs were intended to aid in his recovery from back spasms and muscle pain.