Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is sure that Anderson Silva is innocent of any wrongdoing after failing a pre-fight drug test before his bout with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st. Bigfoot, a friend of “The Spider” from Team Nogueira’s camp, told Extra that the person at fault is the medical director of Comissão Atletica Brasileira de MMA, Dr. Marcio Tannure, who helped Silva recover from a broken leg.
“Anderson has fought since he was 17, during his long career he has never had a problem with doping. Unfortunately, this happened when he was returning from a long and intense healing process. I’m absolutely positive that he isn’t guilty of anything. He must have done something at his doctor’s suggestion. Anderson was a victim. I think that people from NSAC should verify this. It’s not the first time for this doctor (Tannure). NSAC should be aware of how fighters are and who is causing these problems.”
Bigfoot remembered his specific case with Tannure.
“I had a problem with him and ended up getting a nine month suspension. It was when TRT was allowed. I was cleared to use it but the dosage that he gave me was too high.”
At the time of Bigfoot’s drug test failure in December 2013, Tannure defended himself in regards to the charges, saying that he recommended to Silva via email to get another injection of TRT because his levels were still low, but didn’t give him the injection personally. Tannure hasn’t spoken yet about these accusations in Anderson’s doping case.
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