With the death of EliteXC, it was easy to forget that their heavyweight champ, Antonio Silva, had his hearing with the CSAC today to appeal his positive test for Boldenone. MMA Weekly didn’t forget though, and they’re reporting that the CSAC unanimously shot down Silva’s appeal and are fully upholding his suspension and fine.
Antonio Silva, the one and only ever EliteXC heavyweight champion, had his appeal of a positive drug test result heard before the California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday. The CSAC voted unanimously to fully uphold his suspension and fine.
I’m certainly not surprised that rejected his appeal, but I figured the CSAC would end up doling out their typical six month reduction in suspension time for just showing up and fighting the charge. Silva seemed to have some fairly compelling evidence, arguably more so than Sean Sherk did, and he got his sentence reduced. And let’s not forget about high-profile boxer James Toney who was given “the benefit of the doubt” and had his suspension reduced while Hermes Franca admitted his guilt and got the full year.
Perhaps, the CSAC actually took everyone’s criticism to heart and decided to make an example out of Silva.
He will be out until July 26, 2009 and must pay a $2,500 fine.