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Exclusive: Alex Davis Says He’ll Fight CSAC Action in Antonio Silva Steroid Case

(Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

The California State Athletic Commission came down hard on Antonio Silva for flouting his steroid suspension and fighting in Japan last weekend, but they also proposed to fine and suspend his manager, American Top Team’s Alex Davis, for setting up the bout.  Davis isn’t taking the action lying down however, as he told us this afternoon that he plans to pursue the matter in civil court.

“We’ve got to.  I don’t see any other options at this point,” said Davis, who maintains that he can prove Silva’s innocence on the steroid charges.  “We’re going to go through civil court.”

Davis described the CSAC’s action against himself and Silva’s cornermen as an attempt to “extend their jurisdiction to the whole world,” and said Silva was motivated by financial necessity to take a fight in Japan after the CSAC turned down his appeal on the steroid charges.

“Antonio has acromegaly.  He has to treat it.  He spends between $6,000 and $8,000 a month just on medicine for it,” Davis said.  “He needs to be able to keep fighting to make a living.  If it’s between Antonio’s health and pleasing the athletic commission, we have to choose his health.”

According to Davis, Silva’s positive test for Boldenone was caused by his use of Novadex, a testosterone-booster that Silva uses to counteract the low testosterone levels caused by his acromegaly.  

“Even in their own minutes the CSAC admits that they can’t be certain the positive test was actually caused by Boldenone,” said Davis.  “Once they had a positive test, they had to suspend him.  We understand that.  But once they had doubts they should have gone back and looked at the facts.  They didn’t, and from there on nothing’s been fair.  They didn’t investigate, they didn’t meet the burden of proof.

“I think they’re completely wrong in this.  We’ve done two more tests with proper chain of command and witnesses.”

Davis said he initially hoped that the CSAC’s new executive director, Bill Douglas, would bring about much-needed change in the commission’s testing and appeals process.  The CSAC was headed by Armando Garcia at the time of Silva’s positive test, and problems with the commission’s handling of such cases were already apparent.

“In Sean Sherk’s case, there were thirteen hours where they didn’t know where his sample was,” Davis pointed out.

But so far Douglas’ reign as commissioner has upheld the ruling against Silva, which means the Brazilian heavyweight will be staying in Japan for the foreseeable future, said Davis.

“We’re going to stay in Japan and continue to fight there.  We’re not trying to undermine their authority, but this just isn’t fair.  We’ve had the balls and the money to fight them, but what about the people who don’t?  It takes a lot of money to fight something like this.”

It’s a fight that Davis is vowing to continue with a civil suit, he said, where at least he can be assured of a panel of unbiased jurors and a fair hearing.

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Mitch Little- April 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm
Megan Holman- April 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm
TUF Guy- January 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm
I wish my cock had acromegaly instead of dwarfism...............
Blaphtome- January 7, 2009 at 11:53 am
I smell pork around here.
bold- January 7, 2009 at 2:56 am
what do you mean hes more crazy than sean sherk with this? well no shit sherk didnt try to fight thats why there trying to fuck with him to make an example out of him
jdavis- January 7, 2009 at 1:17 am
"Their only chance is proving that Silva took Boldenone and was too stupid to read the package where it says it will cause a positive in a drug test, something they failed to do at his appeals hearing."

oops, I just noticed in an earlier post I wrote boldenone instead of novadex. Novadex is what he was saying gave him the false positive but never proved he had actually taken.
jdavis- January 7, 2009 at 1:09 am
"people gotta eat."

Antonio Silva made $200,000 for his last EliteXC fight (not counting sponsorships), if he is starving now then perhaps he should look at the money he paid the lawyer that blew it at his appeals hearing.

They went to the hearing without any proof he used Novadex and it caused a false positive and the private drug test they submitted had no clear chain of custody, this was from the same lawyer who in the Sherk case argued that the lack of a clear chain of custody made the results invalid. One reciept for Novadex or any actual physical proof at all that he used it would of probably got him off at that point and they went to the hearing with nothing but stories and excuses.
jdavis- January 7, 2009 at 12:53 am
"So CSAC has jurisdiction over what a guy who's fought in their state does anywhere on the planet?"

No they have jurisdiction over what guys licensed in California do when they break what they agreed to in the licensing agreement. CSAC has no power at all to stop Silva from fighting anyone at any time in Japan, they can't control that and they can't stop it in any way but they damn sure can tell the guy to not bother coming back to the States when they thumb their noses at suspensions. Just because Japan is out of their control doesn't mean that it is out of their knowledge. I don't get why people just can't seem to grasp that simple fact?

This has nothing to do with acting out of their jurisdiction at all it has to do with these people being licensed by CSAC and breaking that licensing agreement. There is no jurisdiction issue because they didn't interfere with anything at all that went on in Japan they are acting on guys California fight licenses. It would only be them acting out of their jurisdiction if they had interfered/stopped the fight in Japan and obviously they didn't do that, nor are they stopping Silva from fighting anywhere in the world except inside their jurisdiction (which through the athletic commission system would extend across the US).
Joe Da Man- January 6, 2009 at 11:57 pm
Extend their jurisdiction? Financial Reasons? Are you fucking retarded?

That's the whole point of the penalty. If they just go to fight somewhere else then it's not much of penalty now is it?

Jesus Christ, some people...
Blaphtome- January 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm
So CSAC has jurisdiction over what a guy who's fought in their state does anywhere on the planet? Yeah whatever Fuck Them. Whether he fights abroad should be at the discretion of those sanctioning bodies(like the Japs care about juice), not some dickheads on a power trip in Cali. That's like saying you fucked up, you're fired from this restaurant oh and by the way you can't work at any other restaurant either. Oh yeah and your friend is fucked too if he helps you get a job. Fuck these commies people gotta eat.
Tyler- January 6, 2009 at 9:44 pm
@ jdavis
Excellent points all around. Couldn't have said it better myself.
jdavis- January 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm
"it's the CSAC carelessness and failure to follow protocol with urine specimens"

That was an issue in Sherk's case not Silva's. The chain of custody in Silva's case was sound, heck it was Silva's personal test that he tried to use in his appeal that lacked a proper chain of custody. CSAC doesn't have to prove he did it they have the positive test (that was processed properly, this isn't the Sherk case), it was up to his appeal to prove he didn't.

Their only chance is proving that Silva took Boldenone and was too stupid to read the package where it says it will cause a positive in a drug test, something they failed to do at his appeals hearing. Winning in a civil court is going to be tough to do at this point unless they can find his Boldenone receipt and prove that is what he took.
Tyler- January 6, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Didn't Antonio "Junior" Silva once Shit his pants in a fight ?
Anonymous- January 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm
I googled novadex and all the results pointed to bodybuilding.

Seems like a bunch of bullshit to me. Suspend his ass.
Antonio Silva says- January 6, 2009 at 3:01 pm
"I am not an animal, I am a human being."
The I Got Caught Fagging?- January 6, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Clearly you are fucking retarded.
Criminally Negligent - January 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm

I was just referring to the commission's authority/ability to suspend Silva's corner-men and manager for helping him getting around his suspension. On a related note, as it is written, the section of the code would theoretically allow the commission to suspend even his training partners or whole camp.

The steroid test is a whole other issue but I suspect that Davis' lawyers would be making exactly the argument that you are suggesting. If a court accepted that argument, Silva's suspension would be lifted and so would any action taken against his manager and corner-men.
lilpo0ts- January 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm
@ fagging

you are the most retarded piece of shit i have ever heard. you think you have a point? get a 96k job, because you dont need a degree, billionaires do it all the time. please tell me you are trolling or something, because if not i have lost all faith in the humanity.

name one job you dont need a degree for and you make over 96k, because thats just the cost of his meds not living. and im not gonna even start a new paragraph because you have no answer for the question and i know it. as for the csac, they are just trying to flex muscle and act like thier license reigns supreme. if fighters start doing what bigfoot is doing, then csac will not be taken seriously..very bad thing for them

god i hate you and i can only see what you type..please take a gasoline bath and calm your nerves with an unfiltered lucky strike fagging
Jugger- January 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm
@ Criminally Negligent

Do you think Davis' lawyers will have a problem proving that it's the CSAC who's been negligent. As I see it, authority and jurisdiction aren't the issue... it's the CSAC carelessness and failure to follow protocol with urine specimens, and their predilection to throw the book at people when they can't even "meet the burden of proof".

Criminally Negligent - January 6, 2009 at 1:13 pm
Well contrary to my first impression about CSAC's ability to do this, after a little bit of research [sorry I'm a law student, i'll try to tone down the nerdy-ness] I found the following from California's Business and Professional Code section 18850.
(a) Any boxer or martial arts fighter who participates in a
contest or match while under suspension by the commission, or any
other recognized commission, shall have his or her license revoked.
(b) Any licensee who, directly or indirectly, aids or abets a
boxer or martial arts fighter in violation of this section shall be
subject to disciplinary action.

So it looks like the commission does in fact have the authority to suspend the manager and corner men because the licensees that those people have in California makes them subject to the commission's jurisdiction. Simply put, Silva and his boys are fucked.

who cares- January 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm
if he's been taking those pills for awhile to live a normal life, how come he never tested positive before his other fights. If it came up this time wouldnt it have came up on the other ones?
greenseed- January 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm
KneeToTheFace- January 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm
So fucked.

Whether or not Silva took any sort of performance enhancer, the CSAC has no right to punish anybody in any way other than banning Antonio Silva from fighting in CALIFORNIA. It's definitely against the law to essentially prevent a group of people from working in this country when a) they don't officially have said jurisdiction and b) the reasoning is potentially false. A court of law will see the same way. I expect to see either the CSAC retract their punishment of Davis, or else the new commissioner will probably be shamed out of his seat.
TUF Guy- January 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Hey Fagging, if you think steroids are for fags why don't you come down to my gym? I will show you something about what fagging is. You ever been raped by a grown man?

God I am raging so bad right now I just want to kill him...
Kadumel- January 6, 2009 at 12:38 pm
You have yet to make a statement that makes sense. You keep contradicting yourself and going back on what you say. Maybe now would be a good time to just shut up.