UFC heavyweight Antonio Silva has certainly softened his stance on Brazilian physician and promotional liaison Dr. Marcio Tannure. After testing positive for elevated testosterone levels during a post-fight screening of his Dec. 6 majority draw against Mark Hunt in Brisbane, Australia, Silva blamed Tannure, claiming he jumbled his treatment. Silva was allowed to compete using a testosterone used exemption for the bout, but apparently took an extra dosage during fight week, pushing him over the limit. Later indicating his intentions to sue Tannure in an effort to clear his name, Silva said it was the doctor's orders which caused him to test high.

Now, speaking with Esporte Interativo and translated by Bloody Elbow's Fernando Arbex, Silva says the politics of TRT's recent scrutiny have forced the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) head to realign his feelings on the treatment.

"The way I see, he wants to play the good guy role," says Silva. "He's just being political because he was never against TRT. But I don't judge him.

"Everybody likes Dr. Tannure, he is a great person. He made a mistake with me and I was upset because he hasn't admitted. But I understand why he didn't, he is in charge of CABMMA, he is Flamengo's (the most popular soccer team in Brazil) doctor, a lot of famous people have appointments with him. If he had admitted, his image would be damaged."

Although there is some dispute as to how involved Tannure really was in Silva's treatment, the doctor claimed he was never Silva's personal physician. That individual, according to Tannure, was solely responsible for any misstep.

"His doctor recommended that Antonio increase the frequency of his dosage of testosterone based on his prior levels, and I was asked to communicate that recommendation to Antonio - which I did via email," Tannure said in a statement released to MMA Junkie.

In the midst of serving a nine month suspension due to the test result, Silva remained hopeful he would be allowed to continue TRT prior to its sweeping prohibition. Still, Silva believes there is an exception to every rule. Silva suffers from acromegaly, an abnormality of the pituitary gland in which tumors cause excessive creation of growth hormone.

"They thought that the prohibition was the best but who has proved to have a clinical need will be harmed. I will try to continue my career in the best way. I can't retire, I was born to fight."

Star-divide

5 MUST-READ STORIES

GSP scrum. Georges St-Pierre glad about TRT ban, talks UFC return, Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler and more.

Eddie & Gil. Eddie Alvarez says he's the reason Gilbert Melendez didn't sign with Bellator and that Gil's been running from him for years. "He doesn't want to come where I am. He's a phony."

'Overlooked.' Jake Shields believes he's very much in the mix for a UFC welterweight title shot with wins over Damien Maia and Tyron Woodley.

The stoppages. A nice recap of some of the best finishes in combat sports from this past weekend.

SHINE. Matchmaker Santino DeFranco regales us with an insider's take on the infamous Shine Fights one-night tournament. Look for Part 2 sometime today.

Star-divide

MEDIA STEW

Star-divide

Countdown to UFC 171: Diego Sanchez vs. Myles Jury.

)

Star-divide

Gunnar Nelson doing more things you and I can't.

)

Star-divide

Jake Shields sees a title shot in his near future.

)

Star-divide

If you lose in 30 seconds you better believe Momma's jumping into that cage.

)

Star-divide

A Japanese game show tried to prank Yoshihiro Akiyama and it didn't go too well. Skip to 5:00.

)

Star-divide

Fedor feels your pain.

)

Star-divide

Long watches.

Watch Combate Americas full video replay (Ep. 2) featuring GLORY's 'Bazooka' Joe Valtellini

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 94

Star-divide

TWEETS

Star-divide

Hopefully.

Star-divide

Cordial beef.

Star-divide

Beef out of nowhere.

Star-divide

Congrats.

Star-divide

Happy birthday, Professor.

Star-divide

We've got a long way to go.

Star-divide

Tito moving on.

Star-divide

How are their Yelp reviews?

Star-divide

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Mar. 11 2014)

Quinton Jackson vs. Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 120

Bibiano Fernandes vs. Masakatsu Ueda at ONE FC 15

Star-divide

FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.

Everything You NEED to Know About UFC 171 Prelims

Though there are actually 13 fights on a card for the first time in quite a while (thanks injury bug) and there are some matches to definitely keep your eye on, there aren't any potential title contenders as there was on the last PPV preliminaries (Raphael Assuncao and Alexis Davis). Does that mean these will suck? Not really. I look at a few of these fights and see some potential stinkers in there, but I also see some slobber knockers emerging, though not many technical affairs.

Just a quick reminder that the prelims not shown on Fight Pass will be on Fox Sports 2, not the usual Fox Sports 1. Lousy Big East basketball tournament!

#14 Rick Story (16-7) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (7-0), Welterweight

As the man who derailed the Uriah Hall hype-train, Gastelum has garnered a fair share of attention. Story is looking to get the victory and gain that attention for himself.

Story was riding a hell of a hype-train himself a few years ago with 6 straight victories, including one over title contender Johny Hendricks. He has since gone 3-4 since that streak was snapped and has become a forgotten man in many ways. At 29, he still has time to right his ship and become thought of as a contender once again.

...

Check out the rest of the post here.

Star-divide

Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me up on Twitter @SaintMMA and we'll include it in tomorrow's column.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Morning Report: Junior dos Santos plans to be '100 percent' healthy in July for shot at Fabricio Werdum

  • 7 days ago
  • 27 views

After UFC president Dana White ruled him out of the running for a title shot at heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, former champ Junior dos Santos is pleading to be reconsidered. "I want to clarify read news >>

Morning Report: Ronda Rousey says she'll soon be among top 5-10 highest all-time earners in MMA history

  • 29 days ago
  • 11 views

With all the talk of what the UFC's Reebok could be doing, or not doing, for fighters, it's good to know at least one female athlete is getting by. Speaking to part-time actress Ronda Rousey, the pro read news >>

Morning Report: Dana White responds to Jose Aldo's complaints, says union would have never signed off on increased PED t

  • 28 days ago
  • 17 views

It's no secret that UFC president Dana White and the promotion's chief owners, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, aren't exactly pro-union. Basking in the glow of their newly revealed plans to make using pe read news >>

Morning Report: 'Thankful' for title shot, Alexander Gustafsson sees 'tons' of ways to beat Daniel Cormier

  • 27 days ago
  • 37 views

Procrastinating over having his shame tattooed into his arm over his January loss to Anthony Johnson, Alexander Gustafsson isn't rethinking his method for record keeping. Gustafsson has a good portio read news >>

Morning Report: Coach Mike Winkeljohn believes 'there's a possibility' Jon Jones never fights again, says Daniel Cormier

  • 24 days ago
  • 528 views

Coach Mike Winkeljohn has never been afraid to tell it like it is. The head trainer at Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Winkeljohn hasn't been thrilled with prized pupil and former UFC light read news >>

Morning Report: Paul Heyman says CM Punk is 'very accepting' over chance he could be 'knocked out or tapped out and beat

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 views

We don't know who, when and where CM Punk will actually be fighting, but his mentor and WWE personality Paul Heyman has some idea as to why. While the vast majority of professional athletes are motiv read news >>

Morning Report: Alexander Gustafsson calls Jon Jones 'pound-for-pound best' and that you can 'only consider yourself a r

  • 22 days ago
  • 80 views

Alexander Gustafsson has a shot at becoming a UFC champion later this year, but not without an asterisk. With former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in exile, Gustafsson will serve as the first read news >>

Morning Report: Fabricio Werdum says Cain Velasquez represents Mexico well, but isn't 'Mexican, Mexican'

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

Top contender Fabricio Werdum caused a bit of a stir earlier this week when he called UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez 'an American that thinks he's Mexican.' Exactly how Mexican Velasquez is read news >>

Morning Report: Kimbo Slice believes Ken Shamrock 'still a threat,' compares him to Bernard Hopkins

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

Set to finally face UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at Bellator 138 in St. Louis, famed street fighter Kimbo Slice can't wait for June 19. The pair were originally booked to fight for the late EliteXC read news >>

Morning Report: Jean Claude Van Damme believes Conor McGregor could move to Hollywood

  • 17 days ago
  • 26 views

Oh, Jean Claude Van Damme. When he's not spreading for Volvo he's dolling out life lessons to rising stars. Appearing on UFC announcer Bruce Buffer's podcast, JCVD tried to explain what gives feather read news >>