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Old 01-08-2009, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Antonio Silva - I will fight no more forever (In the United States)

http://mmamania.com/2009/01/08/mma-q...united-states/

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“I’m absolutely sure that [Silva] didn’t take boldenone or any other prohibited substance. The hearing with the Commission was a joke, they didn’t listen to the evidence. I continue to completely support Bigfoot and I accept any consequence that will come to me, but we’ll continue our fight until the end. Their hearing (on February 10) is to screw us, but we’re going to civil justice against them. It is the first time that this will be done, we’ll go until the end. We’re right and we’re not afraid of them, they’re wrong. They tried to coerce us (not to fight in Japan) and now they sent a letter to Bigfoot. We’re here, we’re not going to run away. If it’s necessary, Bigfoot fights until the end of his life in Japan, that’s not a problem.”

Alex Davis - Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva’s longtime manager - speaks to Tatame.com about the hearing on February 10 with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) that will decide the future of his client’s fight career in the United States. Bigfoot and his team have adamantly denied using the banned substance that he tested positive for after his heavyweight title win at Elite XC: “Unfinished Business” back in July. Silva’s appeal was unsuccessful in October and the suspension was upheld. Still claiming innocence and needing to work to earn a living, Silva took a fight at Sengoku 7 in Japan last week in spite of the suspension handed down by the CSAC. Now he faces having his license revoked in the U.S. all together when this hearing goes down on February 10.
It's hard, as fans, we can't really have a clue as to whether he was using or not. The statement that he made kinda makes it sound like he was to me. But I can't pass judgement, I have know clue, can only guess.

Positive for roids and then saying you'll never fight there again is a bit suspicious though. I'd wait for the hearing, they may ban him from fighting stateside anyway. And if they don't, but he says "he's never going to fight in the states again" why are they bothering to even have the hearing?
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Old 01-08-2009, 02:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh man, there were so many fights I wanted to see....
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I don't know what to think of this. On one hand, I believe Silva, but on the other, I feel he needs to just keep quiet and wait it out. I'd love to see him cleared, but I don't think that's going to happen. Also, I really don't want to see him only fighting in Japan. I mean, the UFC or Affliction could use him (Especially the UFC, since their HW division is the shits).

Let's say Sengoku and DREAM die off (I hope not, but let's say they do), then what? I'm sure K-1 would have him fight some huge Russian not named Sergei and Aleks or some shit, but the guy is too talented for that.

I just want my Fedor vs Big Foot Silva fight.
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Man this really blows if he limits himself to Japan for the rest of his career. There are a ton of great matches I would like to see him in.
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Common guys. This won't last. Once the competition in Japan runs dry and so will his money, he'll be back.
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Common guys. This won't last. Once the competition in Japan runs dry and so will his money, he'll be back.
If he fights outside the US while suspended, it's highly unlikely that any state athletic commission will license him to fight.
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If he fights outside the US while suspended, it's highly unlikely that any state athletic commission will license him to fight.
Pretty much. Especially if he continues to do so even after the first fight.

I dont really know what to think about this case. It seems though that he really needs the money so he cant take off fighting. Hopefully hell get some decent match ups, and not just constantly be fighting guys like Nakao.
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If he fights outside the US while suspended, it's highly unlikely that any state athletic commission will license him to fight.
has that happened before?

like with any other fighters?
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Barnett and Belfort are the only 2 that I can think of right now. They were eventually able to fight in the states.

Though, with Barnett, he went to do pro-wrestling in Japan and then eventually went back to fighting MMA. Did he just not show up to his hearing?
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