UFC heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva was popped for elevated testosterone levels following his epic bout with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33 in the land down under, but his manager has continued to claim that Silva needed testosterone replacement therapy for medical reasons.
While fans and media members bash fighters who take TRT, the fact of the matter is that some men actually need to use the treatment in order to stay healthy.
For Bigfoot Silva, that appears to be the case.
Silva’s manager Alex Davis recently appeared on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss the testosterone replacement therapy that Silva needs and some of the claims that were made are alarming.
“This is one of the guys that really have authentic technical reasons to be on TRT,” David told Helwani. “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.”
This news certainly provides some insight into why some fighters use TRT, but every case is not the same.
Athletic commissions will need to continue doing their research on TRT and determine what is the best way to continue with the controversial treatment, but if some fighters need the therapy for medical reasons then it is something that will have to stay.