Anderson Silva Speaks In The Favor Of Testosterone Replacement Therapy: \u201cThere Are Older Fighters Who Really Need It\u201d 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\u2019s 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, \u201cThe Spider\u201d 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 \u201ctainted supplements\u201d. 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) \u201cThere are some athletes who need to make use of the hormonal replacement,\u201d Silva said. \u201cI think, if USADA regulated that, we\u2019d 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.\u201d According to Anderson Silva, MMA is a very difficult sport. He states TRT would let the fighter recover faster from the minor injuries. \u201cThe Spider\u201d is not against USADA, he just wants a bit more tolerance and flexibility. \u00a0\u201cUSADA\u2019s entrance in the UFC to control the doping situation, the way I see it, was good,\u201d Silva said. \u201cBut, in a certain way, it ends up being a disturbance. Because MMA isn\u2019t 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. \u201cI\u2019m 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. \u201c\u2026 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. \u2026 I\u2019m not against USADA; I\u2019m totally in favor, but I think there should be a certain (flexibility) when it comes to what is allowed and what isn\u2019t.\u201d 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. https:\/\/twitter.com\/dimspace\/status\/1083527487949295617 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 https:\/\/twitter.com\/dimspace\/status\/1083527675166277641 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\u2019ll 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?