Sherdog.com's Loretta Hunt reports that Antonio Silva has accepted an offer to take on Yoshihiro Nakao at Sengoku's "Seventh Battle" on Jan. 4 in Saitama, Japan.
The confirmation by Silva's manager, Alex Davis, comes after California State Athletic Commission's Executive Director Bill Douglas recommended that fighter's license be taken away if he didn't adhere to his suspension, which he was hit with in July after failing a drug test. Silva tested positive for Boldenone after his EliteXC fight against Justin Ailers.
When Silva, Davis and attorney Howard Jacobs appealed the suspension on the grounds that it was a "false positive," the CSAC voted unanimously to uphold the ban. Said Davis:
"Antonio has decided to fight, he really has no option. He's innocent, he's tried to prove it and it fell on unwilling ears, and he has financial commitments that to not meet would have serious consequences for him. In light of these, he has decided to continue his career in Japan until when and if his situation with the CSAC is resolved."
Douglas warned that if Silva decides to compete at Sengoku, the executive director will recommend the CSAC revoke his license at a Feb. 10 hearing. If the CSAC is in accord with Douglas, Silva's license could be frozen in one-year increments until the commission votes to reinstatement him.
However, the CSAC could also vote to not revoke Silva's license, change his suspension and slap him with a fine.
Either way, Davis is willing to risk it.
- Suspended Silva opts for Sengoku fight (Sherdog.com)