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.
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