UFC President Dana White Didn’t See Wanderlei Silva’s Lifetime Ban Coming

September 25, 2014
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Days before he was supposed to appear before the Nevada Athletic Commission to face disciplinary action for evading a random drug test prior to his then-scheduled UFC 175 match up against Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva released a video announcing his retirement. UFC president Dana White believes the video and retirement was nothing more than a diversionary tactic by the Brazilian fighting legend.

Wanderlei Silva“I think he was trying to put up a smoke screen. Look over here because he does it a few days before he’s about to go in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” White said in and interview with UFC.com. “The guy ran from a drug test. … I’ve been saying it for a long time that he was going to get something serious.”

Silva received the harshest of penalties, a lifelong ban by the NAC. While White has stated that he thought Silva would receive a stiff penalty, he never imagined that a lifetime ban would be levied against the former Pride champion.

“I didn’t see a lifetime ban coming, but probably the worst thing you can do is run from a drug test. You can’t run from a drug test,” White said.

In his retirement video (see video here), Silva went “Axe Murderer” on the UFC for the organization’s treatment of fighters.

“I feel that I don’t have a dignified stage where the athletes are respected. They (UFC) are wearing down the athletes; they make them fight under any circumstances and any conditions. They use us to make rivers of money. They don’t respect the athletes, they don’t take care of the athletes, and they don’t pay the athletes,” said the 39-fight mixed martial arts veteran. “Enough is enough. They don’t respect us as athletes. They don’t respect us at all.”

White said he has nothing but respect for Silva, and insists he’s never said a negative thing about him.

“I’ve never said a bad thing about Wanderlei Silva in my life,” said the UFC president. “I’ve always respected the guy and there is no way that guy can ever say that myself or Lorenzo Fertitta ever disrespected him. There’s nothing more that needs to be said.”

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  • Dana White nails it, and though steep, the punishment was for Wand’s skipped drug test and just blowing off the hearing.

    • Piotr

      Overeem blew off a drug test and only got 9 months. Dana and the UFC don’t have anything to do with the Athletic Commissions, but he’s certainly not an honest guy and a lot of what Wand said about the UFC and how it treats fighters is true. Look at how often they throw fighters(even champs and stars) under the bus.

      • MikeMcK

        Vitors deal was a bit different. They changed the rules of the test.
        I thought overeem didn’t make himself available for a test, that’s different than running from a guy sent from the commission.

      • DW said the commission’s ban was much more than he expected. At day’s end Silva has only himself to blame, and like so many UFC washouts, he’s pissing and moaning over how he was treated. Whatever, he’s a legend in MMA, but I hate to see Wand go out this way.
        At least his final bout was a great win!

      • Seth

        Honestly, Vitor deserves to be thrown under 10000000 buses. You take a cheater, who was already caught in the past, you ALLOW HIM to CHEAT even more, because he ruined his own body when he CHEATED IN THE PAST, WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT…and you praise him for what he did while he was cheating.

        Yet people are bashing Chael Sonnen, Reem or Nate Marquardt for their failed tests… .-.