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.