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Anderson Silva on suspension: 'I made a mistake and I’m paying for it'

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Anderson Silva blamed a tainted sexual enhancement drug a friend gave him for a positive test for the steroid drostanolone earlier this year when he fought Nick Diaz, and Michael Bisping already fired his first shots leading up to their middleweight clash in London.

Silva and Bisping will headline a UFC Fight Night card on Feb. 27, and Bisping asked the Brazilian to "leave the viagra out of it" for their bout. "The Spider", who also failed a test for oxazepam and temazepam, responded to Bisping’s verbal jabs during a conference call Tuesday.

"I don’t have to prove absolutely anything to Bisping or anyone else besides myself," Silva said. "I never needed any illegal substance, steroid or anything like that. I made a mistake, and everyone can make mistakes. I never tested positive before. I was questioned by the commissioner, and he was arrogant and ironic by asking me if I had ever been randomly tested before. I said no, because I never had any problems with doping and I never used it. My body is the same ever since I started fighting until now."

Bisping continued to attack him for his failed tests during the conference call, but Silva won’t engage in a verbal war with him.

"This is in the past now. Some people will continue talking about it, but I don’t care," he said. "Some things will be solved inside (the Octagon), as always. I don’t like to talk too much, to promote (a fight) with talking. I like to go there and do my job. The result is the same, you can win or lose. And that’s what I’m going to do."

One of the biggest fighters in the history of the sport, Silva knows there’s a chance his reputation will be forever tarnished by the failed drug test. Competing for the first time under the new testing program run by USADA, Silva volunteers to be tested every single day before Feb. 27.

"Everyone can talk. Even parrots talk," he said. "I will do my job as I always did, and that’s it. I can’t worry about everything and be like ‘oh, my God’. If I worry about everything people talk about me I won’t leave my house.

"I’m ready to be tested at any moment. I’m not perfect, I’m not a saint. I really made a mistake by taking a substance that was tainted. I never intended to expose my personal life to clear the facts the way I did. I never took any kind of steroid. My lawyer and the guy that tested the supplements I took were not able to prove the truth. My suspension is coming to an end. I made a mistake and I’m paying for it. I’m ready to fight again, and I’m happy about it.

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, can think what they want. I’m ready to be tested. They can test me everyday leading up to the fight. Unfortunately, some people will think I’m a cheater and others won’t, but the important thing in all of this is my conscience. There’s no lie in this sport. You can’t lie in there."