Doctor Says Antonio Silva's UFC-Endorsed Doctor Had a Conflict of Interests
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.20.2013
He shouldn't have been brought in...
Doctor and MMA observer Johnny Benjamin recently spoke with MMAjunkie about Antonio Silva's positive drug test for elevated testosterone and the role that Marcio Tannure may have played. Silva has said that Taunure played a role in a testosterone-replacement therapy regimen approved by the UFC for UFC Fight Night 35. Check out the highlights:
On Tannure having a conflict of interests: "When you start taking money from the other side, you're in harm's way. That's tantamount to me being a patient's physician in a worker's comp claim. Patient gets injured on the job, and I'm his treating physician, but I'm also paid by his employer."
On Tannure's assertion that he only passed on a recommendation from Silva's doctor of increased testosterone usage: "Not only did he relay information, he also provided advice. The first thing you have to do as a physician is recuse yourself. It's almost like being a judge in a trial. You have to say, ‘I can't be involved in this. You know who I am, right?' You can't say, ‘I'm going to be the person that looks over the care that these fighters receive, and then be the guy's doctor. You can't even be a consultant to the guy's doctor."
On the UFC's assertion that Tannure's knowledge of medicine and MMA combined with his bingual skills made him fit for the role: "Is (Tannure) the the only bilingual person in Brazil? You have to find the medical director of the commission that's regulating you to be your translator?"
On regulators and promoters needing to be kept separate: "A person could say it's a conflict of interest because they wanted to have control over the process. They wanted undue control over the process, so therefore, they put the medical director of the regulatory body on their payroll. Something of this nature in the United States, you could lose your medical license for."