In the constant media circus that is EliteXC, a new revelation has emerged. The CSAC (California State Athletic Commission) informed the media that EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva has failed an administered drug test. The test was administered by the CSAC immediately prior to his fight for the then-vacant EliteXC heavyweight title against Justin Eilers on July 26.
Silva has been accused of testing positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone. Silva has been suspended for one year, and been fined $2,500. It is very likely that Silva will be stripped of his title.
Officials tested two samples, with each sample going to separate laboratories. They both tested positive.
For those of you who are unaware, Boldenone is a veterinary steroid, commonly used on horses. This is important, because Silva now can not claim that the steroid was given to him by a medical doctor. The likelihood of him winning an appeal is virtually nil.
It is also important that this steroid is Boldenone, as Boldenone stays in your system for over 18 months. This means that it is very possible that it was used before the Ricco Rodriguez fight, on the EliteXC: Street Certified card Feb. 16.
A message was later released by Silva’s manager on popular MMA forum "The Underground":
Dear Family, Friends, Fans and Public,
I did not use the steroid Boldenone, or any other steroid of (sic) prohibited substance. I don't agree and never have agreed with the use of this kind of product in order to win, for this is cheating. I will go to the full extent of my power and the law to prove my innocence in this matter.
It's good to know that Silva will be claiming his innocence, but it will be an uphill battle. I'm sure more details will emerge in the near future, but, in the meantime, you be the judge.
Alex Davis, Silva's manager, recently released his own personal statement on the same forum:
My friends, Antonio is one of the hardest working, most serious athletes I know. He also is a man that holds high his principles. We dont (sic) know at this point how he tested positive for a horse steroid, but what we do know is that he doesn’t make use of these kind of products. However, we will find out or die trying.
We are always reading about guys getting caught and declaring [their] innocence, and it is always met with a degree of skepticism, but the [truth] is that career hurting mistakes are being made and it is high time the we find out how and why they happen. We are extremely sure of ourselves in this matter and are willing to go to the very gates of hell to prove that we are being wronged. Hopefully, this will not only clear Antonio, but also help clear other peolple (sic) that have had the same thing happen to them.