Thanks, But No Thanks

Written by Tom Ngo
February 13th, 2009


With Strikeforce’s recent acquisition of ProElite’s assets, the organization willingly took over 42 fighter contracts from the financially plagued company. Two contracts that Strikeforce chose not to inherit were that of EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva and former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua.

Although Silva is one of the more talented heavyweights in the world, Strikeforce felt that his complications with the California State Athletic Commission were not worth the trouble.

Silva is currently serving a one-year suspension after he tested positive for the banned substance Boldenone following his TKO victory over Justin Eilers on July 26th at “Unfinished Business.”

From jump-street, Silva has vehemently denied any wrong doing. Instead of sitting out until July 26, 2009, Silva attempted to circumvent the system and take on Yoshihiro Nakao at Sengoku 7 in Japan on January 4th.

Japan does not have a commission and rarely will abide by suspensions handed down to fighters in the U.S.

Unfortunately for Silva, his craftiness has landed him in even hotter water. By knowingly disobeying the Commission, he and his cornermen are now facing the possibility of getting their licenses suspended in the U.S.

A formal hearing for Silva to try and prove his innocence to the Commission was rescheduled for later this year.

Ninja’s situation was strictly a numbers game. He earned $35,000 for his knockout loss to Benji Radach at “EliteXC: Heat” this past October. Strikeforce felt that price tag was far too high for a fighter that has posted a mundane 2-2 record in his last four bouts.

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