Antonio Silva fails post-fight drug test following bout with Mark Hunt

Antonio Silva

After an entertaining fight of the year type bout against Mark Hunt two weeks ago, it was revealed earlier today that Brazilian fighter Antonio Silva failed his post-fight drug test after exceeding the maximum level of testosterone while being granted to a Testosterone Replacement Therapy exemption.

Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva fought to a majority draw at UFC Fight Night 33 which was held in Brisbane, Queensland on December 7. Following the bout, UFC president Dana White praised both fighters for their entertaining back-and-forth fight.

News of the positive test was first reported by MMAJunkie.com, who stated:

“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,” a statement issued by a UFC rep read. “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”

With the positive test, Silva has been suspended for 9 months and has been stripped of his $50,000 bonus, which will now be paid to Sydney based Mark Hunt. MMAJunkie.com also reports that the result of the fight will be changed to no-contest on Silva’s record, however will remain as a draw on Hunt’s record.

Silva left it to his facebook page to explain the positive test.

“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.”