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Antonio Silva’s one-year suspension upheld

The California State Athletic Commission ruled Wednesday to deny Antonio Silva’s appeal of a one-year suspension and $2,500 fine for previously testing positive for a banned performance enhancer.

Sources in attendance at the hearing informed of the development earlier today.

Silva had been tested in conjunction with his July 26 victory over Justin Eilers for the then-vacant EliteXC heavyweight title during the promotion’s “Unfinished Business” event.

CSAC revealed on Aug. 21 that Silva had been suspended after allegedly testing positive for Boldenone, a drug that was originally developed for veterinary use. Despite the drug’s intended purpose, football players, boxers, mixed martial artists and other athletes in recent years have used it as a performance enhancer.

Soon after the rest results became public, commission officials revealed that two samples, an “A” and a “B” sample, were sent to two separate laboratories and that both tests came back positive.

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