When news broke that Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone in his fight-of-the-year candidate bout against Mark Hunt, many were questioning if the fight would have gone the same way if Silva had not been on testosterone.
After the fight, UFC President Dana White was praising the athletes for the performance that they put on, but once new came out of a failed drug test for Silva, it made him change his perspective.
“It bummed me out. I loved that fight so much,” White said. “Tell me the last time you saw two heavyweights go at it back-and-forth like that, ever? I mean, it’s been a long time. I mean, I was bummed out.”
Silva has a therapeutic use exemption for TRT, and blamed his doctor for the failed test.
In respect to that, White said “here’s what happened. So, I told you we test the s*** out of these guys that are doing TRT. We gave [Bigfoot] his last test the week of the fight, he was perfect. He took another shot to put him over. And, what does that extra shot really do for you? What does it really do for you the week of the fight? It destroyed everything.”
“Now you don’t get the win money. We were giving both guys show and win money. And you won the bonus. Now you lost both your show and win money and your bonus money. Ouch,” he added.
Possibly due to the consistent nature of this controversy, White had a message to all fighters who are undergoing TRT.
“So all of you guys out there that are on TRT–and it’s legal–if you want to f*** around and take that shot after you’ve been tested, there’s the consequences,” he said. “The consequences could not we worse. Now you’re on suspension for a year, you lost your win and bonus money, and I’m sure your sponsors aren’t thrilled either.”
With the rampant use of TRT in MMA, and the fact that it just seems too easy to abuse, many fans and media members alike have called for an all-out ban on TRT use. Drug testing is regulated by the various athletic commissions who oversee the sport, and the UFC must adhere to their rulings.
“We’re always going to do what the athletic commission does,” White said. “… I told you guys how much I loved this fight. Now it ruins it for me.”
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