Report: Silva vs. Emelianenko Possible for Next Sengoku Show


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin.

Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva may be set to defy the California State Athletic Commission again as he is reportedly likely to face Aleksander Emelianenko in his next fight for World Victory Road’s “Sengoku” promotion.

According to Fighters Only Magazine, the fight would take place as the second fight in Silva’s three-fight, non-exclusive deal with the Japanese promotion, but a date was not mentioned.

Silva was suspended by the CSAC following his second-round TKO victory over the late Justin Eilers at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26 after testing positive for the banned steroid, Boldenone. Silva was suspended and fined by the commission but opted to fight anyway, accepting a fight against K-1 and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Yoshihiro Nakao and defeating him at Sengoku’s January 4 show.

A hearing is currently set for next month to decide whether or not CSAC officials will revoke Silva’s license, potentially preventing him from ever fighting in the United States again.

Emelianenko has kept his skills inside his native Russia for three out of his last four bouts, almost exclusively competing for his manager, Vadim Finkelstein, and his M-1 promotion. The younger brother of longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko has won his last five fights, most recently stopping Sang Soo Lee in the first round with strikes at an M-1 Challenge event in November.

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