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Wanderlei Silva: Anderson Silva’s legacy can never be touched

Former UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva came to the aid of his fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva, and explained why the positive drug test will never tarnish the former champion’s legacy.

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On Tuesday, Feb. 3, it was announced that former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane, both banned substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency code. A few weeks later, after vehemently denying any wrongdoing, Silva failed his post-fight test for oxazepam, medication for anxiety and depression, and temazepam, an insomnia medication, as well.

While the news rekindled the UFC's out-of-competition drug testing efforts, the former champion himself is yet to admit to any sort of foul play ahead of the Nick Diaz match-up at UFC 183. In fact, he released a statement on Instagramseveral days ago, where he explained that he couldn't apologize for something that he did not do.

"I do not know what to apologize for, because I am still waiting for the results and analysis from the specialists que are working to reveal the truth. Everything I que redbourn since my injury are being Analyzed. I look for the truth the much the All Those who were surprised with the results. I always played clean, I was never a cheater."

Apart from Silva's recent string of poor performances, the latest PED fiasco will likely affect the legacy he has worked so hard to keep intact. While many fans have already expressed their disappointment towards Silva's actions, fellow Brazilian Wanderlei Silva came to Anderson's defense and explained that nothing can tarnish Silva's legacy.

"We have to understand that this fighter's legacy will never be changed and can never be touched," said Silva. "Anderson is the man. He became the man. He is our modern Bruce Lee. We have to understand that all geniuses have a crazy side to them. That is the way he is.

"It will please some and not please others, but it's his ingeniousness. We must recognize that. No matter what happened, we can't question his talent. We've all seen it with our own eyes."

Afterwards, Wanderlei went on a tangent where he thanked Silva for all his accomplishments over the years, and added that all MMA competitiors owe him their appreciation.

"Congratulations for all that you have achieved. You elevated MMA worldwide. You made MMA what is it in Brazil today. All of us MMA fighters must thank you for your brilliance. For the path you walked to give all the athletes a better status."

Transcription taken from MMAFighting.com.