He’s not out of the woods just yet. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight/light heavyweight attraction Wanderlei Silva no-showed the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) hearing (for this) earlier this month in Las Vegas, after sending his lawyer to file a motion to dismiss any and all disciplinary action against him. The commissioners agreed to delay the discussion and a new date will be revealed pending their decision (details here).
Silva’s attorney, Ross Goodman, argues that regulators don’t have a right to hold his client accountable for a missed drug test back in June (more on that here), because The Axe Murderer was not licensed to compete and therefore should not be sanctioned for skipping town. Not everyone agrees. According to a report from UFC Tonight, the Nevada Attorney General wants Silva to answer for his actions, because his UFC 175 fight against Chael Sonnen was announced by the promotion and bout agreements were signed, granting the NSAC the power to drug test him.
To waive the sanctions would allow Silva — who admitted to taking a banned diuretic — to cheat without repercussions, according to MMA Fighting. The commission is expected to rule by the end of next week. Silva (35-12) has not competed since knocking out Brian Stann in Japan.
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