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Tuesday 17, Feb 2015

  Anderson Silva Is Innocent Of Wrongdoing, Says Antonio Silva

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Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has remarked Anderson Silva is innocent of any wrongdoing. Antonio made this remark after Anderson Silva failed a pre-fight drug test before his bout with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st.

Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites after his bout with Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Diaz’s long time boxing coach Richard Perez said Diaz would have stopped Silva if Anderson had not come in with anabolic steroids. Perez added steroids make a big difference and remarked it is difficult to knock people out when they are on steroids.

Bigfoot, a friend of “The Spider“, said the fault lies with Dr. Marcio Tannure, the medical director of Comissão Atletica Brasileira de MMA, who helped Silva recover from a broken leg.

Bigfoot added Anderson has fought since he was 17, during his long career he has never had a problem with doping. He added unfortunately this happened when he was returning from a long and intense healing process. Bigfoot added he is absolutely positive that he isn’t guilty of anything and also remarked he must have done something at his doctor’s suggestion. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva also remarked Anderson was a victim and he thinks that people from NSAC should verify this. He also said it is not the first time for this doctor and added the NSAC should be aware of how fighters are and who is causing these problems.

Bigfoot mentioned his specific case with Dr. Marcio Tannure. Antonio remarked he had a problem with the doctor and ended up getting a nine month suspension. Offering details, Antonio said it was when TRT was allowed and he was cleared to use it but the dosage that he gave to him was too high. Tannure defended himself at the time of the drug test failure of Bigfoot in December 2013 by remarking that he notified Antonio via email to get another TRT injection as his levels were still low but he did not gave him the injection personally.

Talking about Silva’s positive test, Georges St-Pierre remarked Anderson Silva should not have been allowed to compete with a ‘biological weapon’. St-Pierre, a strong advocate of clean sports, remarked the fight should be canceled as it is cheating and added a performance enhancing drug is like a weapon that gives an advantage over the opponent that you should not be able to compete with as that puts the health of the competitor in jeopardy.

In another development, the second set of pre-UFC 183 drug tests for Anderson Silva came back clean.  Anderson Silva tested positive for two steroids, Drostanolone and Adrostane, in his January 9th screening. He is now waiting the outcome of a meeting of Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on February 17 where he may receive a formal penalty for the drug test failure. No official monetary fines have been imposed on Anderson Silva till now, though he has received temporary suspension until a formal ruling is made.

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Thursday 09, Jan 2014

  Silva Flunks Post-Fight Drug Test

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Silva Flunks Post-Fight Drug Test

The final result of the so-called greatest heavyweight bout in UFC history will now have an asterisk next to it. This was after Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in a post-fight drug test in Australia after his December 6 fight against Mark Hunt in Brisbane. The bout’s result will be overturned to a no contest on Silva’s record and remain a draw on the official resume of Hunt.

UFC president Dana White who believed the fight between Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva was one of the best fights of 2013 said he was bummed out as he loved that fight so much.

According to a statement released by the UFC officials, all fighters on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT card were drug tested by an independent third-party laboratory at the event and all fighters passed their drug tests with the exception of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The statement added although 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 but the results of his test on the day of the event indicated a level of testosterone outside of allowable limit. It was added that Silva has been informed that the elevated testosterone level is a violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa. The UFC statement revealed that Antonio Silva will receive a nine month suspension retroactive to the date of the event and he must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again. It was further added that Silva will additionally forfeit $50,000 in bonus money and the forfeited bonus will go to his opponent Mark Hunt.

António Carlos Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Heavyweight division of the UFC, had been medically approved for testosterone-replacement therapy and was expected to stay within legal limits at all times to continue using the treatment. Pre-fight testing showed the UFC fighter was in line with all parameters of the legal limits leading up to the bout but his post-fight test resulted in elevated levels of testosterone. This is the second failed post-fight drug test of Silva after he tested positive for anabolic steroids following a 2008 fight in the now-defunct Elite XC promotion. Silva tested positive for Boldenone, a steroid that has also cost fighters like Josh Barnett and Phil Baroni. He was then given a one-year suspension by the California State Athletic Commission and fined $2,500.

Silva is the former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion, a former Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion, and a former Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion. He is presently ranked the #5 Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog and had competed in the past for K-1 Hero’s, BodogFIGHT, Strikeforce, and World Victory Road. Antonio Silva made his professional debut in the United Kingdom against Georgian fighter Tengiz Tedoradze and won by TKO only 48 seconds into the fight. Later on, he made his debut at the Cage Rage and became the Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion and then made a return to Cage Warriors to fight longtime veteran Ruben “Warpath” Villareal for the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship and won again via TKO, and became the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion.

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Saturday 23, Aug 2008

  MMA’s Antonio Silva disproves steroid use

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Antonio Silva steroidsMixed martial arts heavyweight champion Antonio Silva pleads innocence to steroid use allegations. The allegations stemmed from the California State Athletic Commission’s release of Silva’s doping results on Thursday.

According to the CSAC, the fighter’s urinalysis showed traces of the anabolic steroid boldenone. The test was conducted during the Brazilian’s bout against Justine Eilers at the EliteXC card on July 26. As a result, Silva was immediately suspended for one year and fined $2,500.

Alex Davis, Silva’s manager, is planning to contest the disciplinary action and to request a hearing before NSAC.

“It’s a false positive. He got tested positive for something he didn’t take,” said Davis from his home outside Rio de Janeiro. “I will not let my fighter sit back and be wronged like this. I just won’t.”

In a statement, Silva also denied he committed any wrongdoing. “I did not use the steroid Boldenone, or any other steroid of prohibited substance. I don’t agree and never have agreed with the use of this kind of product in order to win, for this is cheating. I will go to the full extent of my power and the law to prove my innocence in this matter.”

Boldenone is an anabolic steroid approved for veterinary use only. Equipoise is one of the popular brand names of boldenone which is used mainly to treat conditions of horses, such as injury and diseases. This steroid also reportedly improves the well-being of horses as it increases protein synthesis.

According to Sherdog.com, Silva has been denied licensure in the state of California in June 2007 because “an abnormal brain scan of the athlete showed signs of a tumor.” Silva reportedly suffers from the condition known as acromegaly, which causes enlargement of the extremities and face due to an overactive pituitary gland. The 6-foot-4 Brazilian underwent medical treatment two months later to surgically remove the tumor and fought three times since.