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Anderson Silva statement denies PED usage prior to UFC 183: 'I'm an advocate for a clean sport'

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Just a few days after his awe-inspiring return and rousing victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183, former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is now right in the middle of a major performance enhancing drugs scandal, as "The Spider" tested positive for two steroids in a pre-fight drug test.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) tested the 39-year old for banned substances on a Jan. 9, 2015 screening, but only received the results after UFC 183, which allowed Silva to compete and make his historic return to the Octagon.

A day after his failed test was revealed, Silva denied ever taking drostanolone and androstane in a statement through his doctor Marcio Tannure. Today, "The Spider" is making an even bolder statement through his longtime friend and manager Ed Soares.

From Fox Sports:

"I've been competing in this sport for a very long time. This is my 19th fight in the UFC. I have been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive drug test. I have not taken any performance enhancing drugs. My stance on drugs is, and will always be, the same. I'm an advocate for a clean sport."

It seems that Silva will not be laying down without a fight, so who knows how ugly this could get over the next few months.

As of now, the Brazilian legend will likely be handed down a temporary suspension by the NSAC at a scheduled Feb. 17 meeting. According to NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar, a full disciplinary hearing will take place in March or April once all the facts are laid out, and Silva and his team will be allowed to defend themselves.

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