Manager: Bigfoot testosterone was so low pre TRT that he was lactating


Sometimes lost in the contentious discussion around fighters receiving a Therapeutic Use Exemption for Testosterone Replacement Therapy is that some fighters unequivocally need it for medical reasons. While many fans are cynical over Vitor Belfort's use of TRT, the case of Antonio "Bigfoot" is another matter.

Silva engaged in a battle for the ages with Mark Hunt at UFN 33, but tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone afterwards. Although he had been granted a TUE, he let his levels get too high, so the fight was declared a no contest, Silva was suspended for nine months, and he was denied his Fight of the Night bonus.

Silva's manager Alex Davis appeared recently on The MMA Hour and explained that Silva's case is a medical necessity.

"This is one of the guys that really have authentic technical reasons to be on TRT," said Davis as transcribed by MMA Fighting. "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 extreme low testosterone. He has extremely low testosterone, so he has a real reason to be on TRT."

"I didn’t really take part on 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 a month then started taking 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."


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fedor silva site profile image  

1/31/14 10:09 AM by fedor silva

Got milk?... Too late

SilverSpoon1996 site profile image  

1/31/14 5:20 AM by SilverSpoon1996

Who cares.. Overeem was "dangerously" low also....Years of abuse lead to these issues. If it isnt years of drug usage it is years of cutting weight. Either way the body is telling you its time to move on.... Chemicals arent the answer.

Ben Gardners boat site profile image  

1/31/14 4:17 AM by Ben Gardners boat

Damage not "date" to the pituitary ^^

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1/31/14 4:16 AM by Ben Gardners boat

Thanks man.He probably has roided at various points in his career but unlike the vast majority of athletes on TRT his hormone levels are clearly fucked from acromegaly. My understanding is that for a fighter to need TRT it's highly unlikely he's hypo gonadal naturally as it seems unlikely you'd become an athlete like that. The mechanism in fighters is from date to the pituitary from a blow or blows to the head.Bigfoot didn't need any blows to the head as his pituitary is already fucked from the tumour that caused the acromegaly. The same condition Andre the giant, the big show, jaws from James Bond and that massive Indian WWE guy have had/been treated for. I know a little bit about it as like I said my brother has it and I've been tested for it.

MbA7601 site profile image  

1/30/14 11:54 PM by MbA7601

Can we add " lactating Bigfoot " to motivated BJ and serious silva

Ravens55 site profile image  

1/30/14 11:50 PM by Ravens55

Lots of people on here don't understand how acromegaly works. Growth hormone has an antagonistic relationship on testosterone. So excess GH, like in acromegaly causes severely suppressed testosterone production. Lactation and infertility are two common symptoms, he truly needs it. Was he taking a bit too much? Yes but he needs a TUE

Moist Gracie site profile image  

1/30/14 11:41 PM by Moist Gracie

I wild each it lol that meets he's lactating

Bob Saget Bottom Team site profile image  

1/30/14 11:15 PM by Bob Saget Bottom Team

how much can I pay someone to drink a cup of it?

Bob Saget Bottom Team site profile image  

1/30/14 11:15 PM by Bob Saget Bottom Team

how much can I pay someone to drink a cup of it?