As we reported to you just six weeks ago, UFC Heavyweight, Antonio Silva tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. Silva released a statement laying the blame on his physician, and we didn't hear much more after that...until Monday.
In another WTF moment brought to you by Bigfoot Silva, we've got a real doozy. Alex Davis, Silva's manager, went on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday, and relayed one of the strangest things I've ever heard. According to Davis, Bigfoot's hormones were so abnormal, he was actually lactating. He described Silva's problems in detail, as transcribed by MMA Fighting:
This is one of the guys that really have authentic technical reasons to be on TRT. He has acromegaly. His pituitary gland overproduces GH (growth hormone) and that unbalances all his other hormones.
When I started managing him, he was actually lactating. He has extremely low testosterone, so he has a real reason to be on TRT.
He went on to give more detail, blaming the positive test on miscommunication with the physician:
I didn't really take part in the TRT process. There was a miscommunication between him and his doctor. If I was in the middle of it maybe we would have avoided it. I didn't realize I needed to be involved.
He took the instructions wrong, but he did not try to cheat. What happened was, there was a miscommunication with the doctor and he ended up taking injections at the wrong time. He was taking (once) a month then started taking (once) a week. He took one a week before the fight and one at the week of the fight, which wasn't supposed to. It got mixed up.
Silva is currently under a 9 month suspension for the positive test.