By signing to fight with the Japanese promotion Silva (11-4) is apparently ignoring his one-year suspension from the California State Athletic Commission. While the commission cannot pull Silva off the card, Silva willl likely face further disciplinary actions if he should ever decide to compete in the US again.
Silva, who vehemently denies taking illegal performance enhancers, stood in front of the commision at an appeals hearing late October, but was unanimously voted down.
Suspended fighters competing overseas are supposed to never be allowed to fight in a regulated US event again. However, Vitor Belfort has broken to rule and was allowed to fight at Affliction "Banned" in July.
And although there is little to no chance of a "Sengoku" event the US, World Victory Road will have some explaining to do if they ever decide to apply for a promoters license in the US.
Silva was fined $2,500 and suspended after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone following his win over Justin Eilers at EliteXC "Unfinished Business" on July 26. Silva is not allowed to fight anywhere until July 27, 2009.
Current "Sengoku No Ran 2009" fight card:
- Takanori Gomi vs. Satoru Kitaoka (Lightweight Title)
- Kazuo Misaki vs. Jorge Santiago (Middleweight Title)
- Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Sanae Kikuta
- Antonio Silva vs. Yoshihiro "KISS" Nakao