Bigfoot Silva failed drug test after fight with Mark Hunt

Bigfoot SilvaAntonio “Bigfoot” Silva failed his post-fight drug test after his epic brawl with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia two weeks ago.

Silva has a testosterone replacement therapy use exemption, but his testosterone levels were so high that he still failed his post-fight test.

“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,” the UFC said in a statement, via MMA Junkie. “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.”

As a result of the failed test, Silva has been suspended nine months and will give back his $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus. That money will go to Hunt, who already collected his share of the bonus. Hunt will get credit for the draw, while the result of the fight will be recorded as a “no contest” on Silva’s record.

Silva had low testosterone levels ahead of the fight, which led his doctor to recommend boosting the levels, MMA Junkie reports.

Silva’s manager says the fighter first began using TRT to combat the negative effects of his acromegaly aka gigantism. He was suspended a year in 2008 after a post-fight drug test revealed he had a steroid in his system.

Silva has said in a statement that he followed directions from his doctor concerning the TRT boost and that he did nothing wrong.

Big Foot Silva gives Mark Hunt a kiss after epic fight

Big Foot Silva kiss Mark Hunt

Big Foot Silva and Mark Hunt fought to a majority draw on UFC Fight Night in Australia in what will go down as one of the most memorable heavyweight fights of all time.

The two traded shots all night yet they somehow made it through all five rounds. That was a major shock — based on their knockout power, everyone thought there was no way the fight could go the distance.

Silva hurt Hunt with leg kicks and some punishing ground and pound that was reminiscent of what he did do Fedor Emelianenko. Silva was so gassed from delivering all that punishment, and Hunt was so sapped from receiving all the punches and elbows, the two barely had any energy left for the final round. Yet they showed tremendous heart and dedication by standing for the final round and bloodying each other the entire time.

As soon as the long five minutes finally came to an end, the two embraced in a show of amazing sportsmanship. They held up each other’s arms, fully recognizing that they had just combined for an epic battle.

Though one judge ruled it in favor of Hunt by a point, the two others scored it a draw, meaning the final outcome was a majority draw. After the announcement, the two once again embraced, and Silva showed love for his opponent one more team with a kiss and affectionate hugs.

Everyone absolutely loved the fight. UFC boss Dana White said he was giving both fighters “Fight of the Night” and win bonuses for the epic performance.

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Big Foot Silva Rips ‘Kiss Ass’ Josh Barnett, Questions Brock Lesnar

When you’re 6’4″, 264 pounds, and you just beat the living pierogies out of Fedor Emelianenko, I guess you’re going to feel somewhat empowered to say whatever’s on your mind. I really wouldn’t know — I’m 5’10”, 165 pounds, and I spend my time trying to avoid pissing larger people off. But when you’re that big and tough like Antonio Big Foot Silva (or own billions of dollars like Mark Cuban), you can pretty much say whatever the heck you want.

It was only two months ago that Big Foot was ripping on Brock Lesnar, saying he wanted to send him back to pro wrestling. Well Silva’s taken another shot at Lesnar, but this time he saved his best for fellow Strikeforce Grand Prix contender Josh Barnett.

Speaking in an interview with Sherdog, Silva said “I’ve been fighting since 2004 and have never had any issues with another athlete, even the most stuck-up. Friendship, for me, is everything, but Josh is a weird guy, a guy who doesn’t greet you when you enter the elevator, doesn’t even say ‘good morning.’ It’s how he treats Brazilian fighters especially. It’s the same thing [he does with Fabricio] Werdum.

“But when [Barnett] sees Fedor, [UFC President] Dana White or [UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo] Fertitta, he runs to them and stays by their side all the time. He makes me sick. He’s the classic kiss-ass, a rude man …” added Silva. “I really want to face Barnett and I’ve already said I consider him a filthy person, even though he is a great fighter, and that I’ll beat him up and close both of his eyes.”

So Silva basically called Barnett a phony kiss up who is disrespectful towards Brazilian fighters. I haven’t been around the man so obviously I can’t judge, but I’ve never been a fan of Barnett. But wait, there’s more … Silva got in a nice jab on Brock Lesnar.

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Big Foot Silva Wants to Send Brock Lesnar Back to Pro Wrestling

Antonio Big Foot Silva took another shot at Brock Lesnar, and this was a powerful one. Following Zuffa (the UFC’s) purchase of Strikeforce, Strikeforce heavyweight contender Big Foot Silva told MMA Junkie he was looking forward to potentially competing in the UFC. Specifically, he said he was looking forward to whooping former wrestler Brock Lesnar.

“I’d love to fight Brock Lesnar and send him back to pro wrestling” Silva told MMA Junkie. “I don’t accept the fact that [he's] ranked No. 2. It’s not personal; I don’t know Brock. It’s just professional.”

Bloody Elbow points out this isn’t the first time Silva has taken in a run at Lesnar. Back in November, he called Brock a “fake fighter” and said he was inferior to several other fighters.

Lesnar’s next fight in the Octagon will be against Junior Dos Santos, but if he comes away victorious I’d love to see him in the ring with the monstrous Brazilian. Hey, Big Foot’s coming off a pounding of Fedor Emelianenko. Show me a win Lesnar has that’s more impressive.

Fedor-Silva Fight Video – Doctor Should Not Have Stopped the Fight

Saturday’s Strikeforce card on Showtime was fantastic, starting with the prelims and extending to the main event. The headliner fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Big Foot Silva provided all the excitement one could have asked for, and it delivered as big of an upset as you’ll see in March Madness. The only difference is that with the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix eight-man tournament, the upset came a month early.

Here are highlights of the fight:

Look, I’ll say this straight up: I’m a big Fedor fan and think the world of the man. He is my guy. Obviously I hated to see him go out like that and I was even more crushed when he talked retirement after the loss. But I still believe that the doctor stopped the fight too early. Was Fedor hurt? Definitely. Was he getting beaten in the fight? No doubt. But was he still capable of protecting himself and — dare I say — capable of pulling off a victory? You bet.

After suffering punishment for 4:30 of the second round, Fedor climbed out and began cranking Silva’s foot, hoping for a late-round submission. He didn’t come close, but obviously he was still in a position to compete. He had won the first round on two of the three judges’ cards meaning even if he didn’t score a knockout or submission in the third, he still had a very good chance of winning the fight based on points. As bad of a beating as he took in the second round, he still could have won that fight.

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