On Tuesday, the Nevada Athletic Commission gave Wanderlei Silva a lifetime ban from fighting for eluding a random drug test leading up to his then-scheduled fight against Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in July.
If things couldn’t get any worse for the Brazilian fighting legend, on Friday, UFC president Dana White said Silva has been blackballed from induction into the UFC Hall of Fame.
“There’s going to be no Hall of Fame. The guy’s been Pete Rose’d,” White told Fox Sports about Silva. “There’s going to be no Hall of Fame offers.”
Days prior to the NAC hearing, on Sept. 19, Silva released a video announcing his retirement. His legendary career accomplishments include five Fight of the Night awards in the UFC as well as two Knockout of the Night honors. He was the first Pride middleweight champion. He won the 2003 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament. He holds the record for the most wins in the Pride organization with 22, the longest undefeated streak in Pride history with 20 fights. Silva has the most knockouts in Pride history with 15.
At 38 years old, Silva was in the twilight of his career. According to White, Silva only intended to compete one more time before hanging up the gloves.
“Nobody has ever run from a drug test before. I didn’t see a lifetime ban coming. Nobody will let him fight. He’s in a very serious situation, but Wanderlei’s at the end of his career. He was going to fight one more fight and retire,” said White. “It’s not like this is some 22-year-old kid. He said, ‘I got one more fight boss,’ one more big fight and he was done.”
Silva’s record stands at 35-12-1, 1 NC. He last competed in March 2013, defeating Brian Stann by knockout. He’s solidified his icon status in MMA history, but his resume won’t ever include a UFC Hall of Fame designation.