ANTONIO “BIGFOOT” SILVA
Caught: 12/17/13 , following his draw against Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33 .
Tested positive for: Elevated testosterone.
Punishment: Silva was slapped with a nine-month suspension by the UFC — which regulated the Brisbane, Australia event — and his $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus was forfeited to Hunt . The draw was changed to a no-contest on Silva’s record.
In his own words : “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.”
Not his first rodeo: As we explained on page 1 , Silva tested positive for horse-steroids back in 2008, and blamed the result on an over-the-counter testosterone booster called Novodex, which he was using to treat his gigantism. Unfortunately, Silva didn’t disclose that on his pre-fight medical questionnaire, and his attempt to appeal his suspension ended badly . Silva is now the second fighter (after Nate Marquardt) to have failed drug-tests for steroids and elevated testosterone during his career.
“The reality is, especially with this whole steroid epidemic, one thing we have to realize is the use of steroids is less than 100 years old,” Rogan said. “There’s always been something people have taken, but the actual use of anabolic steroids in human beings is relatively recent in human history. As time goes on, they’re going to create more powerful, crazy sh-t, and it’s going to get to the point where you’re going to test negative because it’s not in your system anymore, but your body will forever change.”