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EliteXC Heavyweight Champ Antonio Silva Tests Positive for Horse Steroid


EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva has been suspended from mixed martial arts for one year following a positive drug test at last month's EliteXC show, the California State Athletic Commission has confirmed.

The drug Silva tested positive for was boldenone, an anabolic steroid commonly used on racehorses.

In addition to the one-year suspension, Silva got a $2,500 fine, which doesn't mean a lot considering that he was paid $200,000 for his victory over Justin Eilers for the EliteXC heavyweight title. It's not clear whether he'll have to forfeit any or all of his purse, but he will presumably have to give up his win bonus, as he will no longer be considered to have won the fight.

The Athletic Commission also announced that Affliction fighter Edwin Deweees failed a steroid test last month.