The first time Anderson Silva failed a drug test, he pointed to a tainted sexual enhancement pill. This time, those around him believe a contaminated supplement was to blame.
Silva’s coach, Rogerio Camoes, vouched for his fighter’s innocence on Revista Combate after speaking with the ex-middleweight champion.
“I've been with Anderson for many years, and in our conversation, the first thing he said was, "Master, I did not take anything,’” Camoes said.
Silva was pulled from a proposed bout with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai on Nov. 25 after being flagged for a potential anti-doping violation. Shortly thereafter, Silva issued a statement revealing that his medical team was working “very closely” with USADA to determine the cause of the positive test.
"I believe his word, because Anderson is a very mature and very experienced guy, and he's aware that he was not going to use one thing to commit to being suspended, to tarnish the image,” Camoes said. “We believe in some contamination in some product or supplement. All the products he used will be analyzed for us to prove that there was a contamination. The process is slow, it is not overnight, it requires time and investment, it is very expensive.”
Silva previously tested positive for two different anabolic steroids -- drostanolone metabolites and androstane -- prior to a January 2015 bout against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. He also tested positive for oxazepam, an anxiety medication, and temazepam, an anti-insomnia medication, in a post-fight drug test, along with drostanolone metabolites again. Silva claimed that a tainted sexual enhancement pill resulted in the positive test, but he was still suspended one year and fined $380,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Camoes denied that he would encourage Silva to use performance enhancing drugs.
“People who have known me for a long time and know my work have the notion that I would be the last person to do this, first because I know anabolic steroids from A to Z. I was a bodybuilder,” Camoes said. “The first anti-doping test I ever did was in 1987 at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, the judo delegation that was competing internationally. I was tested for 10 years of my life. I know it from A to Z, so I would be the last person to tell someone to take something and get caught. Only if I was crazy and stupid. I would be the last one to encourage Anderson to do such a thing.”
If Silva is found at fault, it could result in a lengthy suspension for the 42-year-old Brazilian. Regardless, Camoes believes that “The Spider” will eventually fight again.
"In life, when something is taken from you, that’s when you value it the most. The thing he most wants is to fight. I think he's going to fight again. Before that happens, I remember talking to [boxing coach Luiz] Dórea, I said, ‘This guy is fighting for another three or four years.’…Of course there will be a penalty. We know the USADA rules and even if it has a contamination, it is the athlete's responsibility for what he takes. Because he is a repeat offender, he will [have] more.”