CSAC upholds steroid suspension for Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva

The first and only Elite XC Heavyweight Champion Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva did not get the result he was looking for today when his appeal to the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) was denied.

The Brazilian filed an appeal with the CSAC after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone following his win over Justin Eilers to capture the vacant heavyweight strap at 'Unfinished Business' back on July 19.

"Bigfoot" will be forced to serve the original one year suspension and pay a $2,500 fine.

His appeals case was based around the fact that he suffers from the medical condition known as Acromegaly, which is more commonly referred to as "Gigantism" and that a tumor in his body caused
excessive amounts of testosterone to be released into his system.

While that may be true, Boldenone is an artificial drug developed for veterinary use - primarily on horses. It's not recommended for use by humans, much less naturally residing within us.

Often Boldenone is confused with another anabolic steroid called Nandrolone, which is naturally present in the human body up to certain levels. That's what Sean Sherk, Royce Gracie and even Roger Clemens have been accused of using to enhance performance.

Unfortunately for any users of Boldenone, it has a long half-life, which means it can be detected for up to a year and a half after use. Phil Baroni, Stephan Bonner and Josh Barnett have all dealt with positive drug tests for Boldenone.

Now an apparent free agent in the MMA world after the demise of Elite XC, "Bigfoot" will be out of action until July 26, 2009.

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