Kiwi mixed martial arts hero Mark Hunt is set for a big payday after Brazilian heavyweight Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, who he fought in one of the year's top Ultimate Fighting Championship scraps in Brisbane a fortnight ago, failed a post-fight drug test.
Silva, the fourth-ranked world heavyweight, tested positive for elevated testosterone levels after the December 7 fight at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
He applied for and received a testosterone replacement therapy use exemption for the fight but was ruled to be above the level deemed fair on the day, the MMAFighting.com website says.
Silva has been suspended from fighting for nine months and has had to forfeit his US$50,000 bonus for winning the fight of the night in the majority draw against Hunt.
Silva's bonus will now be given to Hunt, meaning the Kiwi will receive a total of US$100,000 for the epic scrap.
The result of the fight will now be a non-contest on Silva's record, while Hunt's record will still show it as a draw.
The test is the second Silva has failed in his MMA career after he tested positive for the steroid boldenone in 2008.
UFC supremo Dana White described the bloody five-round Hunt-Silva fight as "the sickest heavyweight fight I have ever seen", and was sighted last weekend wearing a T-shirt hinting at a rematch.
Hunt, who trained for the Brisbane fight in Auckland, suffered broken bones in both hands during the scrap and will be required to serve a six-month medical suspension before fighting again.
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