Antonio Silva

Silva Considering Offer to Fight at Sengoku VI


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva is reportedly weighing an offer from Japanese promoter World Victory Road to fight in the organization’s “Sengoku VI” show on January 4, despite currently serving a suspension for a positive steroids test in the state of California according to Tatame.com:

(translated via Google) Suspended by the athletic committee of the United States on charges of doping, Antonio (Silva) can not fight in America before July 28, 2009, when it was terminating the suspension. After losing in the courts of the athletic commission, also saw the EliteXC, an event in which Silva was heavyweight champion, close the doors. With that the athlete had to get out of ATT demand for a new home, which has everything to be in Japan “I’m negotiating my way to Japan The Sengoku made me an offer to fight on January 4 and we are seeing that, “said Peza, who is entering the common justice against the athletic commission.

Silva was suspended for one year by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the banned steroid Boldenone after his second-round TKO victory over Justin Eilers at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26. An appeal of Silva’s suspension last month was unsuccessful.

If Silva does indeed decide to fight in Japan, bypassing his suspension and the potential sale of his contract, he could be in jeopardy of being unable to fight in the United States again. However as Bloody Elbow points out, Vitor Belfort did something similar and is now in the good graces of the US athletic commissions.

CSAC Upholds Silva’s Suspension


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

The California State Athletic Commission today upheld the suspension for former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva following a positive test for the banned steroid Boldenone after his second-round TKO victory over Justin Eilers at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26.

Silva is suspended one-year from the event date and will be required to pay a fine of $2,500. His camp reportedly still maintains that Silva is completely innocent and has never taken any performance-enhancing drugs due to a medical condition that would make it too dangerous for him to do so.

CSAC to Hear Silva’s Case on Oct. 22


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

The California State Athletic Commission will hear the appeal of current EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva’s positive test for steroids in a Los Angeles, California municipal building on October 22 according to a press release issued by the commission yesterday.

Silva tested positive for the banned steroid Boldenone following his second-round TKO victory over Justin Eilers at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26. While the organization has decided not to strip him of his title, Silva still faces a one-year suspension and a $2,500 despite pleading his innocence if his appeal is shot down.

Also announced yesterday was the second positive steroids test for John George, who last competed at a California Xtreme Fighting event on June 14. George becomes the first athlete in the state of California to test positive for a repeat violation and have his license revoked. He will be permitted to apply for reinstatement next September but will also have to be required to appear in front of the commission for a vote.

Silva, Dewees Test Positive for Steroids


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

The California State Athletic Commission announced today that both EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva and UFC veteran Edwin Dewees have tested positive for steroids following the conclusion of their respective bouts last month.

Silva tested positive for the banned steroid Boldenone while Dewees was said to have Nandrolone in his system. Both fighters have been suspended for one year and fined $2,500. They will have the opportunity to file an appeal with the commission before the end of the month.

Silva was victorious at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26th, stopping former UFC heavyweight title challenger Justin Eilers via second-round TKO. It’s unknown if he will be stripped of his championship belt. Dewees fell to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at Affliction’s July 19th event, succumbing to strikes in the first round.

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The “Unfinished Business” Fallout Continues


Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

The negative fallout from EliteXC’s second show on CBS is continuing. Yesterday the UFC and Spike TV blasted the organization for drawing lesser numbers on their network television broadcast than a replay of UFC 84: Ill Will in certain demographics last Saturday night. Gary Shaw and Doug DeLuca’s resignation from ProElite were also announced on Tuesday as well.

One of the things EliteXC heads DeLuca and Jeremy Lappen continually harped on in the weeks leading up to the event was the tremendous ticket sales they were enjoying. DeLuca stated that five days out from the event, they had already sold half of the available tickets and were expecting a sellout.

“We’re definitely well over half sold already,” DeLuca said during a pre-event conference call on July 22. “That was as of the weekend. I know we picked up a full head of steam on Monday. I’m really not too sure where ticket sales are at exactly, but we are fully expecting it to be a complete sell out.”

It turns out that DeLuca fibbed a bit.

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Lawler Stops Smith to Retain EliteXC Belt


Robbie Lawler. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Robbie Lawler prevented history from repeating itself Saturday night as he wore down Scott Smith before finally finishing him with a barrage of knees in the second round of their EliteXC middleweight title fight at the Stockton Arena in California.

The two exchanged blows for the second time in two months, this instance serving as the main event of EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event, which became the promotion’s second such show to be broadcast on primetime network television via CBS. Their original meeting saw both men battle back and forth for fifteen minutes before Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye in the third round. The ringside doctor ultimately ruled that Smith was unable to continue due to vision problems and the fight was ruled a no-contest.

Early on, it looked as if Lawler would once again earn a decisive opening round in his favor, stunning Smith with a trio of jabs. Smith bounced back however, continuing to push the pace and catching Lawler with a right hand late in the round, following up with a flurry that swung momentum in his favor. Smith then opened up a cut just inches away from the previous one Lawler suffered in their first bout. The blood forced Lawler to turn it up a notch, leading to a flurry of knees in the clinch that knocked Smith down twice.

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EliteXC: Unfinished Business Weigh-In Results


Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s EliteXC: Unfinished Business event, which will take place at the Stockton Arena in California, are below. All fighters successfully made weight. The fight card will be joint-broadcasted by CBS and Showtime - A one-hour special will air on Showtime starting at 8:00 PM ET and will continue on CBS at 9:00 PM ET. Additional weigh-in photos are after the jump.

Heavy hitters Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith will battle it out once again for Lawler’s EliteXC middleweight title, this time in the show’s featured attraction. Additional main card bouts include the second of three championship bouts as Jake Shields and BodogFight transfer Nick Thompson will fight for the vacant EliteXC welterweight strap as well as hometown favorite Nick Diaz attempting to extend a two-fight winning streak against journeyman Thomas Denny.

CBS Bouts:

Robbie Lawler (184.5 lbs) vs. Scott Smith (185 lbs)
Jake Shields (169.5 lbs) vs. Nick Thompson (169.5 lbs)
Nick Diaz (159.5 lbs) vs. Thomas Denny (159 lbs)
Shayna Baszler (139 lbs) vs. Cris Cyborg (140 lbs)

Showtime Bouts:

Antonio Silva (257.5 lbs) vs. Justin Eilers (218 lbs)
Rafael Fejiao (203.5 lbs) vs. Travis Galbraith (202 lbs)
Wilson Reis (139.5 lbs) vs. Bryan Caraway (140.5 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Jeremy Freitag (205 lbs) vs. Anthony Ruiz (206 lbs)
Mike Cook (232.5 lbs) vs. Carl Seumantafa (255.5 lbs)
Brandon Tarn (252 lbs) vs. Drew Montgomery (224 lbs)
David Douglas (157 lbs) vs. Marlon Mathias (161 lbs)

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EliteXC Back on CBS to Finish Business


Jake Shields. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Mixed martial arts will once again be featured on prime-time network television this Saturday night as EliteXC puts on their second show for the channel, entitled “Unfinished Business”. The show will emanate from the Stockton Arena in California and will be joint-broadcasted by CBS and Showtime.

The premise of the event’s name stems from a disappointing ending to the first bout between Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith on May 31st. After battling for two and a half rounds, Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye in the third stanza. The ringside doctor ultimately ruled that Smith was unable to continue due to vision problems, despite protests from Smith himself to let the fight continue. However after the fight, Smith admitted that he would have likely been knocked out by Lawler because he couldn’t fully see out of his eye.

Now the two will battle it out again for Lawler’s EliteXC middleweight title, this time in the show’s featured attraction. Additional main card bouts include the second of three championship bouts as Jake Shields and BodogFight transfer Nick Thompson will fight for the EliteXC welterweight strap as well as hometown favorite Nick Diaz attempting to extend a two-fight winning streak against journeyman Thomas Denny.

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Full TV Card for EliteXC on CBS and Showtime, July 26

The female bout between Shayna Baszler of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Brazil’s Cristiane Cyborg has been added to the lineup for the second primetime broadcast of CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights, live from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. on Saturday, July 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Baszler and Cyborg, who are fighting in the 140 pound weight class, complete the primetime matchups for the CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights on July 26.  Other CBS fights include:

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Report: Antonio Silva to Fight Justin Eilers


Antonio Silva.  Photo courtesy of EliteXC.

Our friend Sam Caplan over at FiveOuncesOfPain.com is reporting that EliteXC is expected to announce a fight between Antonio “Junior” Silva and Justin Eilers for their upcoming show on CBS on July 26.  Sam’s source is EliteXC Vice President, Jared Shaw.  It was later confirmed by Monte Cox, Eilers’ manager.

A verbal agreement for Antonio Silva to fight former UFC heavyweight title challenger Justin Eilers during EliteXC’s second-ever CBS telecast on July 26 has been secured.

EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw revealed the news when contacted by FiveOuncesOfPain.com earlier this afternoon.

Five Ounces of Pain later contacted Eilers’ manager, Monte Cox, who indicated that it is their intention to FAX a signed contract to EliteXC officials later today.

It is still uncertain whether the Silva vs. Eilers fight will be for the vacant EliteXC heavyweight title, but Shaw indicated a belt will more than likely be at stake when the two square off.

Silva is one of the brightest heavyweight prospects in MMA.  He has recorded wins over Tengis Tedoradze, Ruben “Warpath” Villareal, Tom Erikson, and Wesley “Cabbage” Correia.  His most recent victory, a split decision over former UFC champion Ricco Rodriquez was disappointing in many respects, so I’d fully expect Silva to come out very strong.

Justin Eilers is a banger pure and simple.  His gameplan is to hit and be hit until someone falls.  While this has made him quite successful against the majority of competition (he is currently riding a 3 fight win streak, 10 out of 11), Justin has generally fallen short when facing high level competition.  His style has produced highlight reel KO losses against Andre Arlovski, Brandon Vera, and Paul Buentello while in the UFC.

Unfortunately, compared to the many names that have been floated around as possible opponents for Silva, this one is a bit disappointing when one considers it will likely be a title fight.  Rather than match Silva up against another EliteXC prospect like Brett Rogers, IFL Champion Roy Nelson, or Pride veteran Sergei Kharitonov, they chose to sign Eilers for a title shot.  Mr. Shaw says guys either refused the fight or priced themselves out of the market.  IMO, none of the rumored opponents would have refused the fight.  Thus pay was the only concern.  If as Shaw’s father has stated many times, that the fighter’s are first and foremost in EliteXC, that’s pretty weak that they refused to pay for a legitimate title contender.

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