UFC interim heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (19-5-1 MMA) recently spoke with Brazilian news outlet Globo about Anderson Silva’s positive test for performance enhancing drugs (PED’s).
Werdum cited an interview “The Spider” did in October of 2014, where Anderson called for a lifetime ban on all fighters caught taking PED’s:
“When the guys test for the steroids, (they should have) no more fights,” said Silva. “When you use the steroids, you use them for a long time. When you use the steroids for a long time, you have a problem. It’s a drug and it’s not good for the sport.”
In light of Silva’s recent positive test for PED’s at January’s UFC 183 event, Werdum thinks Silva should stick to his words and fight no more:
“Anderson let a lot of people down, mostly because he said that fighters using PEDs shouldn’t fight anymore,” said Werdum. “Everybody wants to hear what he has to say. Let’s see if he’ll keep his word and retire. It damaged his image. Everybody knows who Anderson is and this happened out of nowhere. It damaged the image of the sport too, an image that took a long time to be built. People who dislike MMA say that the sport is a fraud and all fighters use drugs, but that isn’t the true. I can speak for myself, I’m a big guy but not that strong and muscled. I have never used.”
“Maybe he used something during his recovery and couldn’t get clean at the right time? I don’t think that he tried to enhance his performance. It’s hard to tell. Everything that he did for the sport can’t be erased. He had a long career and was a warrior. He was one of the greatest of all time, we can’t debate that.”
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