Anderson Silva Would Like If UFC Might Allow TRT In Some Cases

Anderson Silva Speaks In The Favor Of Testosterone Replacement Therapy: “There Are Older Fighters Who Really Need It”

The former Middleweight king, and the fighter with the longest winning streak in the history of UFC, Anderson Silva, struggles with prohibited substances since 2015. His first suspension happened after his UFC 183 decision win over Nick Diaz. Silva’s test results were positive on drostanolone and androsterone. His victory was overturned to no contest, and he received a one-year suspension.

After two consecutive losses to Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier, “The Spider” earned a win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208, on February 11, 2017.

Anderson Silva was set for a match versus Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122, on November 25, 2017. Yet, he was flagged by USADA a few weeks before the match, which led to a new one-year suspension, this time because of “tainted supplements”.

In the interview on Portuguese (you can turn on English captions), the Brazilian claims Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) should be allowed in some cases. Anderson Silva says it is required for some older fighters, citing Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson. (h/t MMAMania.com)

“There are some athletes who need to make use of the hormonal replacement,” Silva said. “I think, if USADA regulated that, we’d have the sport at a high level, with athletes who have stopped fighting. Vitor, for example. Even me, though I never had the replacement. But some athletes who really need it, who are older. Dan Henderson, many other athletes who have stopped because of this.”

According to Anderson Silva, MMA is a very difficult sport. He states TRT would let the fighter recover faster from the minor injuries. “The Spider” is not against USADA, he just wants a bit more tolerance and flexibility.

 “USADA’s entrance in the UFC to control the doping situation, the way I see it, was good,” Silva said. “But, in a certain way, it ends up being a disturbance. Because MMA isn’t a regular sport like all the others. It demands from the athlete fighting training, physical training. There are other countless technical valencies that they have to maintain(like) injuries, etc.

“I’m in favor of doping control, for sure. I think no athlete should or can be, on fight day, taking advantage of some situation. But I think they need to review this. Because there are many injuries, many athletes getting hurt, many fights getting cancelled due to athletes getting injured, etc.

“… For instance, you take a Tylenol, you can get caught in the doping. You take aspirin, you can get caught in the doping. There are many things, many medicines that the athlete uses, that they have to always be policing themselves. … I’m not against USADA; I’m totally in favor, but I think there should be a certain (flexibility) when it comes to what is allowed and what isn’t.”

But here is a big problem. Even if UFC allowed TRT on some occasions, the Brazilian would probably get into trouble. After all, he was already flagged for PEDs. The tweets below explain everything.

Of course, even if the UFC did decide to allow TRT in some cases, Silva wouldn’t be able to use it.

One of the TUE criteria is that the substance cannot be used to correct a condition caused by PED use

@benfowlkesMMA

As someone who tested positive for multiple steroids in 2015, it is very likely a panel could conclude that any low testosterone on the part of Anderson Silva was due to previous abuse.

So would not be granted.

After two long years, Anderson Silva finally returns to Octagon at UFC 234 on February 10, 2019. He’ll fight dangerous undefeated striker Israel Adesanya. Despite there is a big age difference, the two fighters have similar styles, and we can expect a superb stand-up game. Both men are known for amazing slips, fantastic kicks, and lightning-fast attacks.

Do you support Anderson Silva? Do you think TRT should be allowed in some cases?

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