Anderson Silva is all set to fight Israel Adesanya at UFC 234 on February 10, 2019, at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. This fight in true sense will mean passing the torch. Anderson Silva is a legend of the sport and many consider Israel Adesanya as the next big thing in the UFC.
Silva hasn’t fought in over a year and when he fights Israel Adesanya he would have been out of the cage for exactly two years. He tested positive for diuretic hydrochlorothiazide and synthetic testosterone called methyltestosterone back in 2017 which was later revealed to be from a tainted supplement.
However, according to Silva, he believes USADA should rethink about its stance on Testosterone replacement therapy which was banned back in 2014.
In an interview on a Youtube channel Rap 77, Silva said, “There are some athletes who need to make use of the hormonal replacement, 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.”
Although despite having troubles with USADA, the Brazilian legend fully supports its involvement with the UFC.
“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 favour 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.”
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