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EliteXC’s Jeremy Lappen Comments On CSAC Ruling To Suspend Antonio Silva

The California State Athletic Commission on Thursday announced the one-year suspension and $2,5000 fine of EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva after Silva tested positive for the anabolic steroid boldenone following his second-round TKO victory over Justin Eilers at “EliteXC: Unfinished Business” on July 26th in Stockton, California.

Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, then issued a statement claiming that Silva was clean and that he did not know how Silva could have tested positive.

On Friday Head of EliteXC Fight Opperations, Jeremy Lappen, issued a statement on the CSAC’s decision to fine and suspend Silva for the positive test.

“We respect the California commission and the job they do,” said Lappen. “We always enjoy working with them and work very well together. 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. So until all the facts are known and a final decision is rendered, EliteXC will reserve making any further comments at this time.’’

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