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CSAC Upholds Antonio Silva Steroid Suspension, Fine

Antonio SilvaThe California State Athletic Commission today upheld the one-year suspension of EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva following an appeals hearing.

Silva, who claimed the newly-created title with a second-round TKO of Justin Eilers in July, tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone following his July victory.

Several pieces of evidence were submitted by Silva during today’s hearing, including a negative steroid test conducted one month after the initial test as well as evidence that he is unable to safely take steroids due to an existing medical condition and that he was taking a supplement known to cause false positives for Boldenone.

The evidence was not compelling enough, however, for the CSAC to overturn the result, as the commission voted unanimously voted 5-0 to uphold the one-year suspension and $2,500 fine.

ProElite, Inc., the parent company of EliteXC, filed for bankruptcy this week, leaving Silva without a promotion to call home when he’s eligible to return from the suspension next summer.


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