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EliteXC responds to Silva’s suspension

EliteXC officials are now speaking out about the California State Athletic Commissions’ announcement Thursday that EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva had been suspended for a year and fined $2,500 after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone following his July 26 title win over Justin Eilers.

“We respect the California commission and the job they do. We always enjoy working with them and work very well together,” said EliteXC Head of Fighter Operations Jeremy Lappen in a prepared statement released by the company. “The illegal use of steroids is a problem in all major sports, including mixed martial arts. We certainly do not condone the use of steroids.

“But we also support, trust and have confidence in our fighter, Antonio Silva, who has denied ever taken any illegal substance, including steroids, and is prepared to challenge the results of the California Commission,” Lappen continued. “So until all the facts are known and a final decision is rendered, EliteXC will reserve making any further comments at this time.’’ also spoke exclusively with EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw on Thursday evening and asked him if Silva would be stripped of the title if he was not successful in getting the suspension overturned.

“I think that’s a conversation that the brass needs to have,” Shaw responded. “It really depends on all the information and what the situation was.”