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Anderson Silva did an interview in Portuguese (you can turn on English closed captions) in which he said he doesn’t mind the USADA program, but wishes the UFC would reconsider Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) because he says a lot of older athletes need it. Transcription via MMAJunkie.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.”
Silva, who has been suspended twice for Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) use, had a rational-sounding explanation: MMA is an extremely intensive sport. TRT allows fighters to recover faster from the nagging little injuries the training schedule always brings on. Despite his own troubles with USADA, Silva doesn’t have a problem with the organization’s involvement in the sport. He just wishes they were a little more lenient.
“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.”
The problem with Silva’s logic is that even were the UFC to change their policy on TRT, Silva himself probably wouldn’t be eligible to use it. One of the causes of low testosterone is past steroid use. Rewarding a steroid user by allowing them to then take synthetic testosterone isn’t something the UFC seems as... into these days. Technically, Silva could even apply for a TUE now with USADA... but he would still most likely run into trouble with the athletic commissions.
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.— Dave/Dim (@dimspace) January 11, 2019
So would not be granted.
technically, there is nothing stopping Anderson applying to USADA for a TUE for testosterone, if he can prove medical need, no other alternative and its not to correct a condition caused by ped use.— Dave/Dim (@dimspace) January 11, 2019
Commissions will never agree to it though
Anderson, who seems to have recorded this interview before his UFC 234 co-main event bout with Israel Adesanya was announced, also went into some detail on the way the UFC matches their legends up with young prospects. He still thinks a rematch with Nick Diaz would be ‘very cool’, and said he has spoken with Diaz about the way the UFC feeds their legends to up-and-comers.
“I think the fight with Nick Diaz would be a very cool fight, very interesting,” Silva said. “Because our last fight, both of us ended up getting caught in the doping, and it was a no-contest. So, actually, the fight didn’t exist. But I think Nick is a guy who has a name, a guy who has a history in this sport. And what we can’t accept is going into the UFC’s game of wanting to use the legends that they have to promote the young guys.
“I’ve talked about this a lot with Nick and with other athletes, as well. We don’t have an issue with fighting any of these kids. We don’t have an issue. We just want to be respected for everything we have built in this sport. Never, in my early trajectory, I never called out anyone. I always let things happen naturally. And I think it can’t be different.
“The UFC has this thing of wanting to promote new talents that don’t have the charisma with the older athletes who have the charisma and who knew how to get the machine working when we were in there. And that’s something that today’s kids can’t do. They go up there, they fight, do good fights. But, once they open their mouths, they only say crap. And they can’t get charisma with the audience. It’s no use being a good fighter and not being charismatic.”
Lacking charisma is not an accusation you can level against Israel Adesanya; perhaps that’s why Silva accepted the bout, widely regarded as an obvious setup for ‘The Last Stylebender’ to build his name by defeating his aging counterpart. Time will tell if Adesanya is able to ‘get the machine working’ as Silva did, and become one of the UFC’s biggest superstars.
Kyoji Horiguchi got dorms named after him at American Top Team- Horiguchi Hall.
ATT naming a dorm after Horiguchi is so awesome. pic.twitter.com/idMahqXUTr— FuriouslyHigh (@AcidHaze) January 10, 2019
Alex Volkanovski celebrating a Petr Yan fight announcement is kinda cool because they are two of the hottest prospects in mixed martial arts.
Oh man I hope so...this will be a !! https://t.co/kKPNmvSxyD— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) January 10, 2019
Jon Jones celebrated this on social media
This information is per California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 10, 2019
He’s kind of in that zone where if he does ‘pulse’ with more long-term metabolites, we will wonder if he’s still on the sauce somehow, and if they never show up in his tests again, we will wonder if it was all BS.
I see Jones celebrating his clean test. Shouldn’t he hope there’s still some pulsing on future tests? I mean supposedly this is 7 years right?— Anton Tabuena (@antontabuena) January 10, 2019
If he never tests for turinabol Picograms again, wouldn’t that make the entire explanation/excuse look even sketchier to the public eye?
Jason Knight is looking for a new promoter. Hopefully The Kid can get his career back on track.
Words out im free to fight wherever... @BellatorMMA @ONEChampionship @TitanFighting @legacyfighting @MMAjunkie Who wants to see me inside your octagon??? Rizin??? I couldn't figure out how to tag them. pic.twitter.com/GaRCD21AML— Jason TheKid Knight (@Jasonthekid23) January 10, 2019
Since we are probably getting a rematch at some point, worth going back to Brendan Schaub’s analysis of their first bout.
Josh Thomson straight up laughed in Brendan Schaub’s face hearing his Khabib/Conor breakdown. pic.twitter.com/ScCdET67Vp— Scott Bond (@_ScottBond_) January 10, 2019
Mike Tyson getting work done
Mike Tyson vs Jesse Ferguson, February 1986. Pure savagery from Iron Mike pic.twitter.com/L1SK3Gfwsn— Seconds Out (@Seconds_0ut) January 10, 2019
This knee is why it pays to be flexible. He just curves his kneecap right over the guard
Masaaki Noiri (Krush.14) pic.twitter.com/NAJNILN34b— nojillnolife (@nojillnolife) September 11, 2018
Colby Covington vs. Darren Till would be an interesting fight. Till’s defensive wrestling seemed to hold up pretty well against Tyron Woodley. Covington could just hold out and probably still get a title shot after Usman, though, so we will see what happens.
I’m told the UFC is looking to book a welterweight fight between Colby Covington and Darren Till for #UFCLondon on March 17.— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) January 10, 2019
Covington has recently stated that he will hold out for his promised title shot, so we shall see what happens.
Jessica Eye says she is outshining her haters
Good morning ♀️ pic.twitter.com/zmqnJOiP92— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) January 10, 2019
Rachael Ostovich’s brother and dad are jacked.
The seven deadly moves all rolled into one
Luke Rockhold went in hard at welterweight Jason Jackson, but Jackson didn’t back down one inch — nice bit of head movement from both guys.
This cat gives zero fucks and will ground and pound your ass— Steve (@MMA_Relevant) January 9, 2019
Santiago Ponzinibbio and Rafael dos Anjos got into it last night on Twitter, Ponzi apparently tweeting drunk. These are the tweets that were in English.
Enough running DIVA, all this talk, your next fight better be with me you pussy #RDivA— Santiago Ponzinibbio (@SPonzinibbioMMA) January 10, 2019
I can still beat your ass if I’m drunk you diva. #MalbecMan. When do you wanna do this, you better not accept another fight after all this flirting.— Santiago Ponzinibbio (@SPonzinibbioMMA) January 10, 2019
Podcasts and Video
I get a shoutout on this episode of Heavy Hands a little past minute 51.
One of these fights is already gone, sadly
I just came across this sport, Kabaddi, for the first time and I can’t figure out what is going on.
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