Antonio Silva Defies CSAC, Gets His and Cornermen's Licenses Revoked

Joseph BonsignoreAnalyst IJanuary 5, 2009

As you may remember, Antonio Silva tested positive after his fight with Justin Eilers (for the vacant EliteXC Heavyweight Championship) for the anabolic steroid Boldenone. He was suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by the California State Athletic Commission.

Rumors started circulating that Silva would go fight in Japan and defy the CSAC. Many told him not to do it in fear of what the CSAC might do. Well, according to Dave Meltzer, here is what they will do:

"The California State Athletic Commission will be putting the issue of revoking Antonio Silva's license for fighting earlier today at the Sengoku show while on suspension for failing a steroid test on its 2/10 agenda.  There will also be disciplinary action coming on Monday for those who worked his corner.  Bill Douglas of the commission will be notifying all commissions tomorrow morning regarding Silva and those in his corner who aided and abetted Silva."

So apparently his cornermen are getting a piece of this as well, which is unfair in many ways. While I don't feel like the CSAC has the right to tell a fighter where he can or cannot fight while they are suspended in California, Silva still knew there could be consequences for himself and those around him.

He still took the fight and now they are in just as much trouble as him. Vitor Belfort was in the same situation in the past and he was punished by the CSAC as well, just not to this extent.

Many top cards are held in California—cards that he will now be left off of when and if he decides to try to come back to America. If he had just waited out his suspension like most fighters usually do, then all of this could have been avoided.

Better yet, he shouldn't have even taken the steroids in the first place. Japan is known for rampant steroid abuse and not testing fighters, so maybe it's better for him if he wants to continue going down the cheating route.