Failing a Performance Enhancing Drug test is embarrassing enough. Failing two is even worse. Claiming you failed said tests due to a sexual performance supplement is... well, you get the picture.
This could be why Anderson Silva didn't feel like reliving the past when talking to the press on Thursday to promote his upcoming UFC Fight Night 84 main event against Michael Bisping in London.
Silva failed the drug tests related to his UFC 183 fight against Nick Diaz. He blamed those failures on a "tainted sexual performance supplement" during an inquiry in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission.
When speaking to the press, Silva maintained his innocence:
"I don't want to get too much into that," the former longtime UFC middleweight champion said. "But at the end of the day, I want everyone to know that I am not a liar"
While he didn't want to directly address the embarrassing circumstances surrounding his hearing with the commission, he did indirectly talk about how he was perceived:
"Unfortunately, it didn't come off that way, but I always told the truth. I never used any sort of PED of any sort and I'm excited to get back in there a fight, and who knows, perhaps fight for a title."
Whether or not people believe Silva is another question. There is ONE person who's made up his mind about Silva's guilt, his opponent: Michael Bisping, who repeatedly called Silva a "cheater" during Thursday's open workouts. Silva stuck to the "sticks and stones..." approach when responding:
"C'mon people, I've been in this sport a long time and people have said a lot of things, but once the Octagon door closes, that always changes."
For the record, Silva was suspended for a year after his January 2015 hearing, as well as heavily fined. His bout with Michael Bispin will mark his return to the ring.