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.”