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.
Update 2:23 PM ET: Antonio Silva’s manager, A.J. Davis, has released the following statement on behalf of his client:
“Dear Family, Friends, Fans and Public, I did not use the steroid Boldenone, or any other steroid of prohibited substance. I don’t agree and never have agreed with the use of this kind of product in order to win, for this is cheating. I will go to the full extent of my power and the law to prove my innocence in this matter.”