Less than two weeks ago, Heavyweights Antonio Silva and Mark Hunt put on one of the absolute best fights of the year in a five round battle at UFC Fight Night 33. After the final bell rang the judges declared the fight a majority draw and both men were awarded Fight of the Night honors coming with a $50K bonus.
However, it turns out Silva, despite having been granted an exemption for TRT, failed his post-fight drug test. MMA Junkie first reported the story:
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.
This is the second time in his MMA career Bigfoot has failed a post-fight test. Back in 2008 he tested positive for the steroid Boldenone following his fight with Justin Eilers at EliteXC: Unfinished Business.
The failed test will cost him the bonus money he was supposed to get for the fight. Silva's half of the bonus will be given to Mark Hunt instead. For Silva, the result of the bout will be overturned to a no contest, while Hunt will still receive credit for the draw on his record. He'll also be suspended for 9 months.
Updated: Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting reported:
Sources: Bigfoot was on TRT and his levels were low during training, so his doctor increased the dosage. He tested positive against Hunt.— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) December 18, 2013