Two things were revealed Tuesday regarding UFC heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (pictured). First and foremost, the enormous 265-pounder was issued a therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy for this month’s epic war with Mark Hunt. Secondly, he still flunked his post-fight drug test for elevated levels of testosterone.
MMAJunkie.com first reported Silva’s failed drug exam.
“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 UFC expressed in a statement released to the website. “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.”
UFC Vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner oversaw the event, which took place inside Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Australia.
According to the report, Silva has been issued a nine-month suspension. Additionally, the veteran was stripped of his $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus check, which will now be deposited directly in Hunt’s bank account.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Silva has tested positive. The nearly-nine-year veteran was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission after beating Justin Eilers to capture the EliteXC heavyweight title back in July 2008 after the anabolic steroid Boldenone was discovered in his system.
Clearly, Silva’s latest failed screening tarnishes arguably the best heavyweight fight in MMA history. He and Hunt battled for 25 unforgettable back-and-forth minutes to a majority draw at UFC Fight Night 33.
Despite their draw, UFC president Dana White was so thrilled with their instant classic that he awarded both athletes with their win bonuses. Obviously, Silva shouldn’t expect to see that check in his mailbox, either.