UPDATED: Antonio Silva Fails UFC Fight Night 33 Drug Test, Stripped Of $50,000 Bonus
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.17.2013
Silva issues a statement...
UPDATE: Antonio Silva has now provided his own statement on his post-fight drug test failure at UFC Fight Night 33.
He wrote on Facebook: "Clarification: Months before my fight I looked for the UFC doctor Marcio Tannure in Brazil so I could start the hormonal replacement "TRT" which was authorized and recognized by a professional. I started the treatment and 2 weeks before my fight I did all the exams required by the UFC. My testosterone level continued to be low so I was recommended by the doctor to increase the dosage. Unfortunately my level increased too much and caused me to suspend. I only did what was recommended by someone trained who understands about the subject therefore it was not my mistake. I'm cool because I know that the mistake was not made by me,I never tried doing anything wrong for my fight."
ORIGINAL: MMA Junkie reports that even though he had approval for testosterone replacement therapy, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva failed his post-fight drug test after his battle with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33. The event took place on December 7 at the Brisbane Entertainment Center in Brisbane, Australia. The failed test was due to an elevated testosterone level.
A statement from the UFC reads: "Silva is on a medically approved regimen of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), and had been in compliance with therapeutic guidelines on all pre-fight tests performed prior to the event. The results of his test on the day of the event indicated a level of testosterone outside of allowable limit. Silva has been informed that the elevated testosterone level is a violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa."
Silva and Hunt fought to a draw and recieved praise from Dana White, who gave them both the "win" portion of their contracted purses. It's being considered by many to be the fight of the year. White said he was going to "buy them their own private islands".
Silva will be suspended for nine months and was stripped of his $50,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus which will now be given to Hunt. The result of the fight will be a "no contest" on Silva's record while Hunt will keep the draw.
The exact reason for the failure has not been revealed, but Bigfoot was using TRT under the care of a doctor and with the approval of the UFC. His testosterone levels were said to be very low before the event, which caused hte doctor to increase the frequency of treatments.