As Anderson Silva prepares to return to the Octagon, the former middleweight champion has come out in-favor of a highly controversial treatment to be made legal by the UFC.
While speaking with the Rap 77 YouTube channel, Silva, who recently finished a one-year suspension due to tainted supplements, has come out in favor of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
The practice was common in the UFC up until being banned by the organization in 2014, due to controversy surrounding the practice.
During the interview Silva cited former opponent Vitor Belfort, as well as fellow ex-UFC-champ Dan Henderson, as examples to make his case.
“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.”
While the interview was released this week, the interviewer references November’s Thousand Oaks, California shooting tragedy occurring earlier that week, which would place it before the announcement of Silva’s UFC 234 return against Israel Adesanya.
Quotes Translated by MMAJunkie