Following a one year suspension in the United States due to testing positive for an anabolic steroid following his EliteXC championship victory over Justin Eilers in July of 2008, highly regarded mountain of a heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is free to return to competition in America as soon as he’d like.
According to the American Top Team trained Brazilian in a recent interview with Tatame.com, his suspension has officially met its expiration.
“The Athletic Commission hasn’t contacted me and the suspension expired,” revealed Silva. “Now I’m relaxed, because they had to have made a meeting to revoke my license, and it didn’t happen. Once the penalty expires, they can’t do it”
While he’s finally free to return to action in the states, Silva is in no rush as has still some unfinished business in Japan he’s eager to take part in.
“I have two more fights in Sengoku, and after winning this one, that still I still have no opponent for, I should fight for the belt in December,” said the 6’5″, 265 pound knockout artist. “They will create the belt and I will fight for the title”
So who’s Silva facing in his next bout under the Sengoku banner? The answer to that question may surprise you.
“I can’t even imagine who can be (my opponent), I have no idea,” began Antonio. “I wish it were Josh Barnett, once he won’t in the United States anymore. He has a contract with Sengoku and is trained, so who knows, this fight can happen”