Silva lobbies for return of testosterone therapy

January 12, 2019

Anderson Silva is in favor of USADA drug testing in the UFC despite being flagged for testing positive for a banned substance.  In a recent interview, Silva is advocating for the return of testosterone replacement therapy.

Silva also tested positive for a banned substance at UFC 183 in February 2015.

In an interview with a Brazilian outlet, Silva advocated for the use of “hormonal replacement” therapy.  He stated, “I think, if USADA regulated that, we’d have the sport at a high level, with athletes who have stopped fighting.”

Silva stated that USADA’s presence in testing was a good thing but he believes that the organization needs to review its rules to tailor the testing to the needs of the fighters.

Silva meets Israel Adesanya at UFC 234.

Payout Perspective:

It appears that Silva is advocating for the return of testosterone replacement therapy.  This practice was allowed by commissions if an athlete was able to prove that they suffered from low testosterone.  Athletes would be able to receive hormonal replacement.  But, with the older you get, naturally the more testosterone you would lose.  So athletes would be able to find an end around on this issue and be able to take advantage.  Silva does talk about older fighters able to prolong their careers based on this.  But you have to weigh the practicality of the need versus those that are gaming the system.  While Silva advocating for ways to keep himself going, it would be a detriment to others.

One Response to “Silva lobbies for return of testosterone therapy”

  1. Vadim White on January 13th, 2019 12:52 AM

    Testosterone also is known for going down after excessive use of PEDs in the past….

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