Is Wanderlei Silva In or Out of UFC 175… Is He Even Still a UFC Fighter?

May 30, 2014
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Wanderlei SilvaIs Wanderlei Silva still in the fight with Chael Sonnen on July 5 or is he out? Is Silva even still a UFC fighter or is the Axe Murderer getting the axe?

After “issues related to Wanderlei Silva’s licensing in the state of Nevada,” UFC officials earlier this week confirmed to MMAWekely.com that Silva was removed from the bout with Sonnen. The promotion’s No. 1 middleweight contender, Vitor Belfort, agreed to take his place, pending him getting licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at a June 17 meeting.

The official response that MMAWeekly.com got from the NSAC was that Silva had never applied for a license, something that Silva acknowledged on Friday. The accusation, however, is that he avoided a surprise drug test requested by the commission. FoxSports.com on Friday reported that “UFC sources” confirmed that Silva evaded testing.

Silva, in a YouTube video on Friday, tried to explain his side of the equation, said that this was “all a big confusion,” and seemed to believe that he still has a shot at fighting Sonnen on July 5. (Watch Wanderlei Silva’s video explaining his side here.)

UFC officials later reconfirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Silva has been removed from the fight and that the plan is for Belfort to fight if he gets a license in time. If he does not, UFC president Dana White told a group of reporters in Berlin, according to MMAJunkie.com’s Steven Marrocco, that the fight would be scrapped.

As for the “big confusion,” Silva said that “a guy” showed up at his gym last Saturday with papers for him to sign. He said the papers were in English and that he would not sign them without his attorney present, but then had to leave because it was the day of Renan Barão’s fight and he was very busy.

“In 20 years… I have never refused a test or failed to apply for a license to fight,” he stated. “My plans were to do all of my obligations once I got back from Brazil, since I’m going to Brazil for the TUF Brazil Finale.

“Once I am back in Las Vegas, I will reach out to the NSAC to submit myself to any blood or urine test like I always have done.”

According to UFC officials, even if that were the case, it is too late for Silva. He has been pulled from the July 5 card.

And despite early reports that White said Silva was done with the UFC, that does not appear to be the case. At least, not yet.

UFC officials told Fox Sports that White’s comments were misinterpreted and that when he said, “Wand is done,” White was only referring to the UFC 175 fight card on July 5. The promotion will wait for Silva to hash the situation out with the Nevada commission and then determine what his future does or does not hold in regard to the UFC.

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  • Hu_Flung_Pu

    Ha HA Dana said Ronda walks around at 160 in that mma weekly clip!

    • Christina

      Does that have something to do with this story?

      • Hu_Flung_Pu

        it’s playing right there on the lower right side of the page so i thought it was funny her reaction. If there is another place to comment on this page about it then feel free to advise me.

    • Gary Fredericks

      That’s without her ego.

  • macarrech

    Well, he certainly have a solid excuse.

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Dana has a bald head

    • Lawdog1521

      Tito has a big head.

      • Gary Fredericks

        Huston Alexander has them all beat bro. Dude’s head looks like Alien from the movie Alien!!!

  • Dan

    Chael would have Killed the axe Murderer.

    • julian moran

      Vitor would kill Chael.

      • Lawdog1521

        Randy would kill Vitor. (And did!)

        • DamianCross

          Chuck would kill Randy

          this is fun!

          • XIRand0mHeroIX

            Rampage would kill Chuck

          • Gary Fredericks

            Rashaad would kill Chuck

          • Just-scrap-nation

            Fedor would kill Lesnar

          • Baller31

            Hendo would kill fedor

          • shakejunt

            i feel really late, but whatever.

            putin would kill obama.

          • Lawdog1521

            Nobody, not even bears, beat Putin.

          • Lucas Freire

            Not bears…But what about manbearpig?

          • Gary Fredericks

            Manbearpig has nothing on the Almighty Flying Spaghetti Monster!

          • gtf

            Hahaha @shakeout..

          • Breezy

            LMAO!!!!!!!

            Netanyahu would too…

        • Danny

          Rousey would kill everyone

        • Maddawgmar

          Chuck Norris kills them all…

      • TheCerealKiller

        Not without his juice…

        • blob

          Chael juiced aswell or did you forgot ??

      • drkdisciple

        Normally I would a agree with you…a juiced up Vitor would destroy Chael….but this is not a juiced up Vitor! Vitor minus Roids= Average fighter!

  • put me in the sauna coach

    I believe ya Wandy….but my tommy gun don’t

  • Christina

    Where I come from, when the man shows up or you’re told to go to pee in the bottle, you pee. No excuses. Your window to comply is narrow and if you don’t, you’re done. Period. All of this is clearly explained. I don’t think Silva is telling the truth. If contract fighters were fined by the UFC for failing to meet their prefight obligations maybe there would be fewer of these cancellations.

    • Howard Hughs

      Thats how it is where I come from too. I agree 100 percent with you that Silva is not telling the truth. Could he have just smoked a dube or sonthing? What about a powerful painkiller?

  • Gary Fredericks

    ““In 20 years… I have never refused a test or failed to apply for a
    license to fight,” he stated. “My plans were to do all of my obligations
    once I got back from Brazil, since I’m going to Brazil for the TUF
    Brazil Finale.”

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    Firstly, I am far from being a W. Silva fan by any stretch. I never could stand his thuggish/immature jock attitude (or his new eyelids/eyebrows…creepy $hit!!! LOL). My only question here is how in 20 yrs of fighting experience, 7-8 yrs of which have been in the USA/Nevada could a guy let a snafu like this happen? Something is quite fishy here and I do not mean in the PED kind of way either. He has never pissed hot for any drug tests to my knowledge, so to me PED’s are a moot point in this and he should be presumed innocent on this front. I only wonder if he has a little brain damage and shouldn’t fight anyways or if his head wants out of the fight game while his heart holds him captive to it? You know, like he wants out but his pride won’t let him type of thing.

  • james j

    Hey Wandy, note to self, buy cameras and have them face the driveway. O disregard, we won’t see you again.

  • james j

    I still bet it was hilarious watching Wandy run out the back door wearing sandals and gym shorts.

  • Denny Swain

    Wandy evidently knew to piss in cup and refused but now that he has went and purchased a masking agent he will be able to pass test and fight

  • Smirn

    He didn’t wanna piss Vodka.

  • Kris-tyahn

    What’s funny about this, is that Sonnen has been saying all along that Wanderlei was going to back out of this fight, one way or another. And what do you know, he was 100% right! Wanderlei was going to get spanked & he knew it, what a joke this ass clown is, talking all this siht about Sonnen & how he was going to knock him out blah blah blah….
    Hopefully the UFC fires this washed up joke, tons of talk, but too scared to back it up! I’m not upset he’s not fighting, it’s the fact that he was talking so much trash about the beating he was going to give Sonnen, he finally gets “his wish,” but all of a sudden he forgets to follow procedure?!? GTFO of here. Sonnen vs. Belfort will be interesting, especially considering Belfort is no longer on the juice. Belfort on the “juice” was a much better fighter…./he benefited a lot more than any other fighter on the “juice.”

    • james j

      There was no way Wandywas going to make weight. He is fat and out of shape with declining skills, and he knows it. So he took an easy way out instead of facing a beat down in the octagon.

  • james j

    Wandy has officially relieved Tito as the king meathead of MMA