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Nevada Athletic Commission: ‘No shortcuts’ taken to license Anderson Silva on short notice

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LAS VEGAS — When this week started, the UFC 200 main event featured Jon Jones trying to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight against Daniel Cormier. When the mega-card finally goes off Saturday night, Jones will be gone, Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes will be the main event and Anderson Silva will face Cormier.

It seems crazy to think Silva, the 41-year-old legend coming off gall bladder surgery, will face Cormier, one of the best fighters on the planet, on Saturday here at T-Mobile Arena. And that’s because it is. A lot of things had to come together to give the card an added boost and get Cormier that well-earned payday when Jones dropped out.

Silva being added to UFC 200 wasn’t as simple as just adding his name to the marquee and making some careful edits to TV ads. Before anything could be official, the UFC had to get Silva licensed to fight by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). Anyone over 35 years old — referred to as a “comprehensive fighter” by the commission — has to undergo further testing and “The Spider” fits the bill.

“If we were trying to get medicals done for Anderson Silva on a Monday the week of the fight or any fighter, it’s next to impossible, but a lot of people got together and pulled this thing off,” UFC president Dana White said Thursday night. “Anderson went through all his medicals and passed with flying colors.”

Silva needed to pass HIV and drug screens, according to NAC executive director Bob Bennett. Luckily for the UFC, Silva had medicals done for his January fight with Michael Bisping in England and those could be applied to this event. Bennett said he had no apprehension about Silva’s health seven weeks out of gall bladder ….View full article

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