Dec 28, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dennis Siver (red gloves) and Manvel Gamburyan (blue gloves) fight during their UFC featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Siver points fingers after latest failed drug test


Last week, FanSided reported that UFC Featherweight contender, Dennis Siver, had reportedly tested positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) during a drug test taken during the week of UFC 168.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has yet to hand down a fine or suspension, but Siver broke his silence on the issue talking with German outlet, groundandpound.de. Here is his statement (Courtesy of MMAFighting):

“Today I would like to issue a public statement and give my fans and supporters the opportunity to form their own opinion on how the alleged doping allegations against me came about.

“Last fall, my coach Niko Sulenta was diagnosed with severe cancer, which lead to me being on my own during the preparations for a UFC fight for the first time, without me being able to draw on his longstanding care and advice. Niko has always been essential to my weight reduction.

“So prior to UFC 168 I had to hire an external personal trainer and nutritionist to support me with making weight. The nutritionist recommended me a new diet method from the US, which had been successfully used by the stars.

“Thereupon I asked, if I, as a competitive professional athlete, could safely use this supplement. This was confirmed to me. Then I committed the fatal mistake of not making sure through the UFC if individual substances from the supplement could have effects on the drug tests.

“I flew to the US and won my fight. I was all the more shocked when the result of the A sample was deemed ’inconclusive’ and I was hoping for the result of the B sample. They found a small component of hCG in my urine sample – a minor ingredient of the diet preparation and a substance which is banned in the UFC.

“I do not want to blame anyone for this result and I take full responsibility for my gullible and careless behavior. It was my mistake and it was grossly negligent. But I distance myself from any kind of doping. In my previous sixteen UFC fights, not even the smallest banned substance has been detected. This makes the current events all the more disappointing and shocking for me and my team.”

FanSided will keep you informed when any sanctions are brought upon Siver.

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