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Report: Armando Garcia to Resign From CSAC (Updated)

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Armando Garcia will reportedly formally resign from his post as the head of the California State Athletic Commission at the group’s next meeting on November 18 in Los Angeles according to

Numerous commission-hired employees who asked not to be identified confirmed to on Saturday that Garcia had left the post, but were not given details of his exit. corresponded with Garcia via email as late as Thursday to discuss the CSAC’s decision to suspend the promoter licenses of Pro Elite and King of the Cage last Wednesday.

Commission representatives declined to comment on Garcia’s departure at a state-regulated MMA event on Saturday in Fresno, Calif. Representatives said an official statement from the Dept. of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the commission, would be issued shortly.

While the official reason behind his departure remains unknown, rumors are circulating regarding potential backlash that the CSAC received due to Garcia’s decision to suspend the promoter licenses of EliteXC and King of the Cage late last week. Garcia was involved in many controversial rulings during his three years as the head of the CSAC, including the suspension of Sean Sherk for a positive steroids test and not allowing Nick Diaz to fight because of a medical marijuana prescription. Fightlinker has a recap of Garcia’s past here.

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ProElite Attempting to Block Public Auction

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ProElite will attempt to block a public auction announced for November 17 in which Showtime Network will attempt to sell off the remaining assets off the company in order to repay two defaulted promissory notes for $4 million that Showtime lent to ProElite over the last year.

According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from November 6, ProElite “plans to take all appropriate measures to prevent the sale from occurring. Such measures may include raising additional financing, filing a lawsuit enjoining the sale, filing a bankruptcy petition or negotiating a settlement with Showtime.” The filing also went on to say that ProElite was unsure whether any of the methods would prove successful.

The planned public auction will see both the EliteXC and King of the Cage brands up for sale as well as the contracts of such fighters as Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, and Frank Shamrock among others.

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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.

Aleksander Emelianenko to Fight for Affliction?

Aleksander Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of MFC M-1.

Despite officials from the California State Athletic Commission stating that Aleksander Emelianenko will never be permitted to fight inside of the United States, the Russian-born fighter claims that he will be fighting at Affliction Entertainment’s next planned show in January.

Emelianenko stated that he will be flying to California in the next few weeks to film promotional videos for the event in a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine, and that he may be fighting in Japan around New Year’s Eve as well at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show, which was originally scheduled to take place on October 11.

Emelianenko was slated to take on Paul Buentello at Affliction’s inaugural event on July 19, but was abruptly removed from the card for failing to meet the necessary licensing requirements according to CSAC officials at the time. However in the following weeks, amidst rumors of Emelianenko potentially testing positive for Hepatitis B, CSAC represenative Bill Douglas stated that Emelianenko would never be allowed to fight in the USA again.

“The one thing that I can absolutely say is that he was not and will not be cleared to fight in California.” Douglas said back in August. “He is officially licensed denied and that will stand for all of the United States of America”.

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Report: Affliction II Postponed Until January

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Loretta Hunt of Sherdog has confirmed with Keith Kizer of the NSAC that Affliction II: Day of Reckoning, scheduled for October 11th in Las Vegas, has been postponed until January 2009. 

The Oct. 11 Affliction event scheduled for the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas has been postponed, Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed to on Wednesday.

Affliction contacted Kizer on Wednesday morning to inform him that the event would be moved to a January date at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

It will be interesting to see what the reasoning is for the postponement and long delay before the rescheduling.

Update (3:30pmEST):  Multiple outlets are reporting that slow ticket sales in Las Vegas may be the reason for the postponement.  Robert Joyner of MMA Payout explains:

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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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James Irvin Admits Painkiller Use

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It’s only been a few weeks since James Irvin tested positive for banned painkillers following his devastating knockout loss to reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 14 in July. The two kinds of drugs in his system - Oxymorphone, an opiate which is primarily used to alleviate severe pain and Methadone, which is alternatively used to treat recovering drug addicts - are pretty powerful stuff.

Turns out that Irvin did indeed use them:

“In the days leading up to my fight with Anderson Silva, I experienced some residual pain in my foot from a previous injury,” wrote Irvin in an Aug. 14 letter. “I made the extremely poor choice to take some pain medications that I did not have a prescription for. I realize this was an ignorant and dangerous decision.”

Irvin’s decision is one sort of similar to that of Hermes Franca before his fight with Sean Sherk at UFC 73 last summer, attempting to take banned substances in order to make it through an entire training camp when really Irvin should have just been shutting it down. He had no business taking a fight, especially against Silva of all people without his broken foot being fully healed. Here’s to hoping that this is a lesson learned to Irvin.

Aleks Emelianenko Barred From Fighting in US?

Aleksander Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of MFC M-1.

Those hoping to catch Aleksander Emelianenko fighting at Affliction’s upcoming next event in October might have to wait a bit longer to see him fight. Ever since he was reported to have failed to meet California licensing requirements prior to his scheduled fight against Paul Buentello last month, rumors have been frequently circulating that Emelianenko may have tested positive for Hepatitis B, a claim that the Russian’s camp has strongly dismissed.

However in a recent interview on Wrestling Observer’s Figure Four Daily radio show, California State Athletic Commission representative Bill Douglas reportedly stated that Emelianenko was not cleared to fight in the state and will not be by any other state athletic commission in the country.

“The one thing that I can absolutely say is that he was not and will not be cleared to fight in California.” Douglas said on the radio show. “He is officially licensed denied and that will stand for all of the United States of America”.

While Douglas refused to elaborate on the reasons behind Emelianenko’s licensure denial due to privacy issues, one has to assume that something serious is keeping Fedor’s younger brother from being able to fight here. MMANews’ Chris Howie points out that it might not be Hepatitis B after all due to the fact that Aleksander was permitted to fight Dan Bobish at a Hardcore Championship Fighting event last fall and that the province of Alberta will not let a fighter compete without passing strict blood tests.

Condit, Miura Issued Medical Suspensions

Hiromitsu Miura. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from last night’s World Extreme Cagefighting 35 event, which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Overall, the amount of suspensions handed out was relatively tame. Carlos Condit will be sidelined until September 3rd because of lacerations suffered on his left eyebrow and lip while his opponent in Sunday night’s highly praised main event, Hiromitsu Miura, could be forced to sit out until January of next year because of apparent fractures suffered to his nose and left orbital bone. However he can be permitted to return earlier if cleared by a doctor.

Brian Stann, Marcus Hicks, Carlo Prater, Dave Terrel, and Micah Miller, who all suffered TKO losses in their bouts, have also all been medically suspended due to precautionary reasons until either September 3rd or 18th respectively.

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