With recent reports confirming that Antonio Silva failed his post-fight drug test after his legendary bout against Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33, Silva is now placing the blame on the doctor who prescribed him his testosterone-replacement-therapy (TRT).
Silva posted about the subject on his Facebook page.
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.
This is certainly a setback for Silva. As a consequence of his failed drug test, he loses $50,000 and receives a nine-month suspension.
The thirty-four year old Brazilian got off to a rough start in 2013 after suffering a first-round knockout loss to Cain Velasquez in their rematch. When the UFC announced they had matched him up against Hunt, many didn’t expect the bout to go the distance. But both heavyweights shocked the world as they battled relentlessly for twenty-five minutes in what was one of the best fights in mixed martial arts history.
This recent scandal definitely takes away from the glory of the fight itself, and worst of all, it will probably remove it from the list as a “Fight of the Year” candidate.