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CSAC upholds Antonio Silva's suspension

Antonio Silva's appeal of his one-year suspension and $2,500 was rejected by a 5-0 vote on Wednesday by the California State Athletic Commission.

Silva will continue to serve his suspension through July 25, 2009 and must follow through with his $2,500 before he will be allowed to compete again.

Silva, the first and final EliteXC heavyweight champion, tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid, following his win over Justin Eilers at EliteXC "Unfinished Business" on July 26.

Silva had hoped to convince the board that a nutritional supplement not banned by the commission may have caused a false positive. Also, Silva presented clean results from an independent test conducted two weeks after news broke of his positive test and punishment.

Unfortunately for Silva the board didn't buy the defense.

Another fighter, BJ Lacy had his 90-day suspension reduced to 83 days for his positive marijuana test. Lacy, whose suspension ends November 6, will still have to pay his $500 fine. Lacy, who competed for a Pure Combat show on August 15, lost via rear-naked choke submission to Emanuel Newton in the main event.

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