Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva failed his post-fight drug test at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia, UFC officials announced on Tuesday evening.
The heavyweight fighter tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, following the Dec. 7 event, in which he originally fought to a draw with Mark Hunt. MMAJunkie.com first reported news of the failed test.
“Although [Antonio] Silva is on a medically approved regimen of testosterone replacement therapy, and had been in compliance with therapeutic guidelines on all pre-fight tests performed prior to the event, the results of his test on the day of the event indicated a level of testosterone outside of allowable limit,” UFC officials said in a statement. “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 positive test, Silva will receive a nine-month suspension retroactive to the date of the event, according to the UFC. Prior to receiving clearance to compete again, Silva must pass a drug test upon completing the suspension.
Silva and Hunt fought in what many considered a Fight of the Year candidate with their UFC Fight Night 33 main event, and each was awarded $50,000 in bonus money and Fight of the Night honors. Silva is forced to forfeit his bonus money, and it will now go to Hunt.
All fighters on the card were drug tested by an independent third-party laboratory at the event. All fighters passed their drug tests with the exception of Silva.
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