Cage Rage has stripped Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva of his world heavyweight title belt, it was announced today.
Silva has not fought for Cage Rage since 2005 and the promotion says it has decided to vacate the title “after careful consideration”.
“The title has not been defended and after several attempts to arrange a defence of the title without success, this is the only sensible way forward,” said a spokesman.
“There are some serious contenders for this title emerging in the UK and we feel it is time for some one to take opportunity to stake a claim for a title shot.”
In June, Silva won the EliteXC heavyweight title with a two round TKo win over UFC veteran Justin Eilers.
However, a post-fight test by the California State Athletic Commission discovered traces of anabolic steroid Boldenone.
Silva was handed a one-year suspension and fined $2500.00, although he furiously denies the charge of using performance-enhancing substances.
Cage Rage is owned by Pro Elite, which is the parent company of a number of mixed martial arts organisations including EliteXC.LINK