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Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva fight license to be subject of CSAC meeting Feb. 10

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In July, following a dominating Elite XC heavyweight championship victory over Justin Eilers, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (12-1) tested positive for the steroid Boldenone and was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for a full year and fined $2,500.

Claiming his innocence, Silva took matters into his own hands and appealed the ruling in October. However, these things have more of a guilty until proven innocent theme to them instead of the other way around.

And the commission’s final decision was to uphold the suspension when Silva’s defense did not appear to sway the initial finding.

With his fight career being his family’s main source of income, sitting out for a full year was not an option for the Brazilian. He decided to disregard the punishment and take a fight in Japan where the CSAC’s suspension would not be recognized.

The big man’s manager Alex Davis released this statement in early December regarding his client’s decision to fight in Japan in spite of the CSAC’s suspension:

“Antonio has decided to fight, he really has no option. He’s innocent, he’s tried to prove it and it fell on unwilling ears, and he has financial commitments that to not meet would have serious consequences for him. In light of these, he has decided to continue his career in Japan until when and if his situation with the CSAC is resolved.”


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Posted by SmileR

With his fight career being his family’s main source of income



That says it all right there. I like the guy, but everybody makes mistakes. He has to pay for his mistake, serve his time, and then hopefully he'll be back fighting somewhere in the States at the end of his suspension.

Or they might love him so much in Japan that they beg him to keep coming back. Either way, I hope things work out for the guy.

That being said, I think that I finally have to forgive Sean Sherk. I've hated him for far too long because of his failed steroid test, but if I'm willing to forgive Silva, then I have to be willing to forgive Sherk as well.

Post #2   1/5/09 8:44:43PM   

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Posted by ohiostate1016


Posted by SmileR

With his fight career being his family’s main source of income



That says it all right there. I like the guy, but everybody makes mistakes. He has to pay for his mistake, serve his time, and then hopefully he'll be back fighting somewhere in the States at the end of his suspension.

Or they might love him so much in Japan that they beg him to keep coming back. Either way, I hope things work out for the guy.

That being said, I think that I finally have to forgive Sean Sherk. I've hated him for far too long because of his failed steroid test, but if I'm willing to forgive Silva, then I have to be willing to forgive Sherk as well.



I've heard from a few people over there that he's already very well liked. I don't think he would be a huge star over here since he's IMO not a great fighter and his fight with Ricco showed he isn't a top flight HW.

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Posted by cmill21


Posted by ohiostate1016


Posted by SmileR

With his fight career being his family’s main source of income



That says it all right there. I like the guy, but everybody makes mistakes. He has to pay for his mistake, serve his time, and then hopefully he'll be back fighting somewhere in the States at the end of his suspension.

Or they might love him so much in Japan that they beg him to keep coming back. Either way, I hope things work out for the guy.

That being said, I think that I finally have to forgive Sean Sherk. I've hated him for far too long because of his failed steroid test, but if I'm willing to forgive Silva, then I have to be willing to forgive Sherk as well.



I've heard from a few people over there that he's already very well liked. I don't think he would be a huge star over here since he's IMO not a great fighter and his fight with Ricco showed he isn't a top flight HW.



I agree. Hopefully he'll have a long and healthy career over in Japan.

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Post #5   1/5/09 10:17:04PM