Bill Douglas, assistant executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, confirmed that EliteXC heavyweight champion, Antonio Silva, Jr., and Affliction fighter, Edwin Dewees, have both tested positive for banned substances. Both fighters will be suspended for one year retroactive to the date of their last bout, and will be fined $2,500 each.
Silva defeated Justin Eilers via TKO in the 2ndRound of their bout on July 26th at “Unfinished Business.” With the win, Silva won the open EliteXC heavyweight belt. It is not certain if EliteXC will strip the champion of his title or not, but if history is any indicator, they will. Silva tested positive for Boldenone.
Dewees lost his bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at “Afflition: Banned” last month. Dewees had signed a three fight deal with the start up promotion prior to his fight. Dewees tested positive for Nandrolone.
Boldenone and Nandrolone are both anabolic steroids that are illegal under the CSAC’s testing policy for performance enhancing substances.