Silva says failed post-fight test ‘not my mistake’
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is pointing the finger when it comes to his suspension for elevated levels of testosterone.
After Silva’s epic five-round fight with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33, “Bigfoot,” (even though he was approved for testosterone-replacement therapy in advance) still failed his post-fight drug test.
Silva took to Facebook where he blamed his attending doctors for his elevated levels:
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.
UFC officials suspended Silva for nine months and took his $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus and awarded it to Hunt.
It’s not the Silva’s first problem with TRT.
MMAjunkie told us they learned from sources close to the fighter that in March, the 34-year-old Brazilian received medical clearance to undergo TRT and began the process of applying for a therapeutic-use exemption with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulated his unsuccessful bid for the heavyweight title against champ Cain Velasquez at UFC 160. Silva submitted to the NSAC a recommendation from a Brazilian endocrinologist who worked within a government program. The endocrinologist, Dra. Nina Rosa de Castro Musolino of the University of Sao Paulo Medical School, first treated Silva in April 2011.
Silva, she wrote, has “hormonal evaluations … showing a central hypogonadism (partial hypopituitarism), confirmed by low, total and free, testosterone levels with normal/low gonadotropin levels.”