Antonio Silva Denies Positive Test, EliteXC Support Him

Written by Tom Ngo
August 22nd, 2008

It was announced yesterday that EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva, Jr. tested positive for Boldenone, a banned substance with the CSAC. Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, released a statement on behalf of the champion on MixedMartialArts.com’s Underground Forums, proclaiming Silva’s innocence.

“Dear Family, Friends, Fans and Public, I did not use the steroid Boldenone, or any other steroid of prohibited substance,” Silva’s statement began. “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.

“My friends, Antonio is one of the hardest working, most serious athletes I know,” wrote Davis. “He also is a man that holds high his principles. We dont 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 allways 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 that have had the same thing happen to them.”

Boldenone is an anabolic steroid primarily used by veterinarian’s on animals.

Jeremy Lappen, head of EliteXC fight operations, released a statement on behalf of EliteXC late Thursday evening, showing the organization’s support of Silva.

“We respect the California commission and the job they do,” he said. “We always enjoy working with them and work very well together. The illegal use of steroids is a problem in all major sports, including mixed martial arts. We certainly do not condone the use of steroids.

“But we also support, trust and have confidence in our fighter, Antonio Silva, who has denied ever taking any illegal substance, including steroids, and is prepared to challenge the results of the California Commission. So until all the facts are known and a final decision is rendered, EliteXC will reserve making any further comments at this time.’’

As Davis stated, this is not the first time that a MMA fighter has tested positive for a banned substance and proclaimed their immediate innocence. If they do intend to petition this postitive test, it will be a long and drawn out process that may leave them coming up empty.

As of now, he will be suspended for one year retroactive to the conclusion of his bout at “Unfinished Business” on July 26th, and will be fined $2,500.

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