Anderson Silva initially denied using performance-enhancing drugs. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Anderson Silva is reportedly preparing to admit that he took banned substances to aid in his recovery from a broken leg.
According to a report from UOL Sports in Brazil which was also posted on UFC.com, Silva is preparing to explain why he made the decision to use the physician-prescribed drugs at his Nevada Athletic Commission disciplinary hearing in March.
The report goes on to say that Silva’s lawyers plan on emphasizing the point that the amounts of the substances found in the former middleweight champ’s system were minimal and did not provide any sort of advantage for Silva in his UFC 183 win over Nick Diaz.
Silva tested positive for two separate anabolic steroids -- drostanolone and androsterone -- during a drug test administered ahead of his bout on Jan. 9. He then also tested positive for Oxazepam and Temazepam in a post-fight urine test administered on Jan. 31. Oxazepam is used to relieve anxiety, while Temazepam is an anti-insomnia medication.
As a result, Silva was temporarily suspended by the commission earlier this month. Multiple UFC fighters have openly admitted their wrongdoings when speaking before the commission, most notably Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort.