On the heels of one of the great fights in heavyweight history, Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva has failed his drug test.
Prior to his wild majority draw against Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33 earlier this month, the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt received a therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT).
MMA Junkie is reporting Silva's post-fight drug test has shown elevated testosterone levels. As a result, Silva has been suspended nine months.
He and Hunt also received Fight of the Night honours, which netted each competitor an additional $50,000. However, in order to be eligible to collect bonuses, athletes are required to first make weight and pass all drug screenings.
Hunt has now received Silva's bonus cash, raising the New Zealand native's total to $100,000.
Silva has since released a statement on Facebook, blaming the positive test on his doctor, Marcio Tannure, who he claims recommended an increased dosage prior to the bout.
"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," Silva wrote. "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."
This marks the second time Silva has flunked a drug test. He was flagged for an anabolic steroid following a 2008 victory over Justin Eilers.