Wanderlei Silva is admitting to taking diuretics, a banned substance, right before his scheduled match with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175, which means he’s likely in line for some sort of suspension from Nevada State Athletic Commission, reports Steven Marrocco of MMAJunkie.com (USA TODAY Sports).
Silva’s lawyer Ross Goodman says the fighter used the diuretics after injuring his wrist in a brawl with Sonnen during “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″ in February. He said Silva was concerned about failing a random drug test ordered by the NSAC on May 24 and evaded a sample collector hired by the commission. He apologized on behalf of the former champion and said his action shouldn’t be interpreted as an admission of performance-enhancing use.
Per Marrocco: ‘NSAC chair Francisco Aguilar recommended the NSAC move forward with a complaint, which could mean a suspension and fines for Silva, who wasn’t licensed at the time of his random test but was subject to random testing.
NSAC commissioners Raymond “Skip” Avansino and Pat Lundvall also signaled the likelihood of administrative action taken against Silva, who last fought in March 2013 and knocked out Brian Stann in Japan.’