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Thursday 09, Oct 2008

  MMA’ Antonio Junior Silva steroid hearing set for Oct. 22

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Antonio Silva steroidsOctober 22 will be a turning point in Antonio ‘Junior’ ’s mixed martial arts career. Will Silva continue to wear the EliteXC’s heavyweight championship belt?

October 22 is the date for the Brazilian fighter appeal hearing on his alleged steroid use. And if the initial decision by the California Athletic Commission is upheld, Silva would be served with a 12-month suspension. He would also have to pay the fine of $2,500.

Silva tested positive for the anabolic steroid boldenone on July 26 this year, after his victory over Justin Eilers. Silva denied any wrongdoing. Following the announcement of the test results, Silva issued this statement:

“Dear Family, Friends, Fans and Public, I did not use the steroid Boldenone, or any other steroid of prohibited substance. I don’t agree and never have agreed with the use of this kind of product in order to win, for this is cheating. I will go to the full extent of my power and the law to prove my innocence in this matter.”

Alex Davis, Silva’s manager, maintains his fighter did not take the steroid.

“It’s a false positive. He got tested positive for something he didn’t take,” said Davis in August, shortly after the release of the test results. “I will not let my fighter sit back and be wronged like this. I just won’t.”

Silva’s camp is contesting the test results insisting that Silva could not have taken the banned compound because he is suffering from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder in which the pituitary gland produces excessive amount of growth hormone. One of the most common symptoms of acromegaly is enlargement of extremities such as the hands and feet.

Davis stresses that, “It would be completely insensible or even dangerous to make use of any other steroids or substances that could worsen that kind of problem.”

Silva’s camp hired Howard Jacobs, an attorney who is no stranger to such cases. Jacobs has represented Sean Sherk, another notable MMA fighter who tested for the steroid nandrolone. Jacobs was able to cut in half Sherk’s one year suspension to only six months.

The appeal hearing will take place at the Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles, Calif., at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Saturday 23, Aug 2008

  MMA’s Antonio Silva disproves steroid use

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Antonio Silva steroidsMixed martial arts heavyweight champion Antonio Silva pleads innocence to steroid use allegations. The allegations stemmed from the California State Athletic Commission’s release of Silva’s doping results on Thursday.

According to the CSAC, the fighter’s urinalysis showed traces of the anabolic steroid boldenone. The test was conducted during the Brazilian’s bout against Justine Eilers at the EliteXC card on July 26. As a result, Silva was immediately suspended for one year and fined $2,500.

Alex Davis, Silva’s manager, is planning to contest the disciplinary action and to request a hearing before NSAC.

“It’s a false positive. He got tested positive for something he didn’t take,” said Davis from his home outside Rio de Janeiro. “I will not let my fighter sit back and be wronged like this. I just won’t.”

In a statement, Silva also denied he committed any wrongdoing. “I did not use the steroid Boldenone, or any other steroid of prohibited substance. I don’t agree and never have agreed with the use of this kind of product in order to win, for this is cheating. I will go to the full extent of my power and the law to prove my innocence in this matter.”

Boldenone is an anabolic steroid approved for veterinary use only. Equipoise is one of the popular brand names of boldenone which is used mainly to treat conditions of horses, such as injury and diseases. This steroid also reportedly improves the well-being of horses as it increases protein synthesis.

According to Sherdog.com, Silva has been denied licensure in the state of California in June 2007 because “an abnormal brain scan of the athlete showed signs of a tumor.” Silva reportedly suffers from the condition known as acromegaly, which causes enlargement of the extremities and face due to an overactive pituitary gland. The 6-foot-4 Brazilian underwent medical treatment two months later to surgically remove the tumor and fought three times since.

Wednesday 16, Jul 2008

  Alexandre Nogueira suspended due to doping

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alexandre_franca_nogueira_pequeno_steroidsWorld Extreme Cagefighting fighter Alexandre Noguiera failed a doping test at WEC show held on June 1. The featherweight tested positive for the anabolic steroid boldenone.

The California State Athletic Commission suspended Nogueira for a year due to the positive test. His suspension is through May 31, 2009. He was also asked to pay a fine of $2,500 but has the option to appeal the decision.

According to CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas, Nogueira’s “A” sample was tested at Quest Diagnostics and his “B” sample was tested at Laboratoire de Controle du Dopage, a WADA certified test facility located in Laval, Quebec in Canada.

The WEC show took place at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. In said event, Nogueira (13-5-2) lost to Jose Aldo via second-round TKO. The Brazilian fighter lost three of his past four fights.