Bigfoot plans to sue MD, says he 'felt like a lab rat'


Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva received a Therapeutic Use Exemption for Testosterone Replacement Therapy prior to his fight for the ages with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33 on Dec. 7 in Brisbane, Australia. However, a fighter with a TUE must still maintain testosterone levels within normal levels, and Tuesday it was reported that Silva failed to do so.

In response, "Bigfoot" received a nine month suspension, lost his $50,000 “Fight of the Night” performance bonus which will now go to Hunt, and his record for the fight will be changed to a No Contest. Hunt's record will remain a draw.

Silva says his TRT was supervised by Dr. Marcio Tannure, the medical director of the Brazilian athletic commission - Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA). Further, Silva has he did everything precisely as directed, and that he plans to sue.

Silva provided details in an interview with MMAFighting's Guilherme Cruz.

"I just did what they told me to do," said Silva. "I’d never do something different that what the doctor told me to. I looked for a doctor with a good reputation, and he’s the UFC’s doctor in Brazil. I knew I’d be tested before and after the fight. Unfortunately, now I have to find the legal ways to overturn this situation or at least prove I’m not guilty."

"I took a shot at the same day he sent me that e-mail, and he asked me if I had another one to take with me to Australia, to take on fight week. He authorized everything. I did exactly as I was informed to do.

"You go get help with a doctor, you do the right thing, and now this story tarnishes my professional career. It tarnishes the great fight I did with Mark Hunt, and gave me a huge financial loss. The doctor knows that I cut weight, he knows how the body of a MMA fighter reacts. He should know at what level I would be with one shot. I felt like a lab rat. I did everything I was told to do and now I’m the cheater."

"I’ll take the exact dosage I took, the exact timetable, and will get a doctor here in the U.S. and a doctor in Brazil to show to the fans that this is horrible for my career and the sport. I want to prove that it was not my fault. When I have all the exams from both doctors, I want to sue for the moral and financial prejudice that he has caused me."

"If (the UFC) allow me to, I want to continue (using TRT), but now with a doctor that won’t give me any problems. I want to continue the treatment because it’s good for my personal life and my career as well. If you know what acromegaly is, you know what I have. My hormonal levels are not normal, my testosterone is too low, and I want to be on normal levels.

"I thought about a thousand things since this all happened. I considered leaving the sport because of these unfair things, but I don’t give up that easily. I have to show that it was not my fault."

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Huey Freeman site profile image  

12/20/13 4:56 AM by Huey Freeman

No one said anything about growth hormone did they? Is that what he was popped for?Obviously sivas condition wouldn't require more gh which is what causes it in the first place but I think it was testosterone levels that he was popped for.

Fyuk Yu site profile image  

12/20/13 1:25 AM by Fyuk Yu

Lol so he trashes the shit outta Overeem for roiding and he gets popped and instead of being a man about it hes crying like a 600 lb baby sasquach. What a fucking hypocrite.

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12/19/13 4:32 PM by Ben Gardners boat

From the UCLA pituitary tumour page.. FRAT.."Acromegaly: Symptoms Related to Large Tumor Size (Macroadenomas)Macroadenomas that grow upward into the brain cavity can compress the optic chiasm. Vision problems can include:A loss of the outer peripheral vision, called a bitemporal hemianopsia When severe, a patient can only see what is directly in front of themMany patients do not become aware of their visual loss until it is quite severe.Other visual problems can include:Loss of visual acuity (blurry vision), especially if the macroadenoma grows forward and compresses an optic nerveColors not perceived as bright as usualPituitary Failure or HypopituitarismCompression of the normal gland can cause hormone insufficiency, called hypopituitarism. The symptoms depend upon which hormone is involved.Reduction of sex hormones, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).In men, this can lead to a low testosterone level, causing decreased sexual drive and impotence."

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12/19/13 4:24 PM by Ben Gardners boat

Not true mate. My brother has acromegaly. He's on TRT. He's never touched a steroid in his life or even lifted a weight. We're in the UK too so we haven't got a TRT industry trying to give it to people who don't really need it. You have to have the test levels of a 90 year old women to get it on the NHS for the most part. He's on it as a direct result of his broken pituitary gland.

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12/19/13 11:06 AM by kevsh

Well if Bigfoot actually does sue the doctor I'll be eating crow for my comments in the "Bigfoot Fails Drug Test" thread (or whatever the title was). May be the first time in sport history a person failing a drug test blamed the doctor and then actually sued him/her (which to me is a sign that he may in fact be telling the truth, unlike the others who seem to think it's okay that their doctor ruined their career - which is a telltale sign they knew exactly what the doctor was up to).

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12/19/13 11:03 AM by FETT_UGCTT_LnPninja

Possibly the dumbest response you could have to this...

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12/19/13 10:30 AM by Fobby

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12/19/13 10:29 AM by Fobby

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12/19/13 10:14 AM by KING Stannis Baratheon

It's a short list of fighters who have put their hand up.. Leben did iirc.

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12/19/13 10:04 AM by One&Done

The defenders of Bigfoot are better comedy than you can get at The Laugh Factory (unless Rogan is doing a set because he’s awesome)I have spoken to two doctors now and I am a personal trainer and all I have heard from both Docs and several of my trainer contemporaries, is really the only reason someone with acromegaly would even need TRT is if prior steroid abuse caused the condition because under “normal” circumstances someone with gigantism would NEVER EVER want to take any sort of TRT growth hormone. Look, I am a Bigfoot fan and a Hunt fan, I didn’t even want these two to fight when it was announced but come on are people still this naive after all this time?