White chides Wanderlei for avoiding drug test
MANILA – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White said mixed martial arts (MMA) star Wanderlei Silva made a grave mistake when he evaded a random drug test last May.
"I'm not the athletic commission, but I think he's very wrong," White told UFC.com. "I think he's in big trouble. You cannot run away from a test. You can't do it, and it sets a very bad precedent.”
A Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) authorized collector visited Silva’s gym last May to collect blood and urine samples for his supposed bout against Chael Sonnen in UFC 175. The visit surprised Silva and forced the fighter to escape the collector by exiting through the gym’s backdoor.
Silva later admitted that he eluded the testing for fear that experts might find traces of diuretics, a substance banned from competitive fighting, in his system.
He claimed that he has been using diuretics along with anti-inflammatories to help him recover from a fractured wrist.
But White said it would have been better for Silva to undergo testing instead of making it appear that he was hiding something from the commission.
"He would have been better off taking the test and testing positive than running from the test. But I'm not a commission member. Maybe I'm wrong and he's right. We'll see what happens," he said.
"Basically the Nevada State Athletic Commission is the judge and the jury, and they're going to handle it. Whatever happens, he will have his sentence and do whatever the commission says. Once he's through that, he and I will be cool."