Wanderlei Silva didn't say a word during his June 17, 2014 hearing with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), not even to explain why he evaded a drug test back on May 24 of this year (audio replay).
But "The Axe Murderer" is now telling his side of the story in his latest YouTube video release.
As previously reported, Dr. Ross Goodman -- who served as Silva's legal counsel and mouthpiece at the hearing -- explained that Silva essentially ducked the surprise drug test due to the fact that he was "regretfully" taking diuretics to help out with his fractured wrist.
According to a "relieved" Silva, the diuretics he took were used to help with the swelling that was caused due to the anti-inflammatory medicine he was taking to alleviate the pain from his bum wrist. And he wants to make it perfectly clear that he has never dabbled with performance enhance drugs (PED).
His words (via MMA Fighting):
"I am relieved to have solved this problem. We explained to them the circumstances and that I was not using any PEDs. I injured my wrist in February and after that I felt extreme pain in training, so I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory that made me swell up, so then I started taking diuretics to expel the water out. When they sent that guy to my gym I was still taking diuretics, 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 never used it and I've never had any problems in that area. I have never failed a doping test before. I have nothing to hide and I am glad we solved this. Now I'm waiting for Sonnen's suspension to end or Belfort to get licensed. Let's go to the next. I will keep training 100 percent."
While Silva is adamant he isn't hiding anything now, that obviously wasn't the case a few weeks back. Still, Silva owned up to his mistake (just like this guy did) and is "happy to solve the situation and clarify things and say the truth."
As far as the problem being "solved," that's far from the case, as Wanderlei still has to attend a disciplinary hearing with the NSAC later this year to see what kind of penalty, if any, he will receive.
In regards to his desire to fight Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort, that might be a bit of a challenge as Sonnen has since retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) on the heels of his positive drug test, while Vitor Belfort -- who has his own drug test issues -- will likely have to meet with the NSAC himself to discuss his fighting future in Nevada.