Wanderlei Silva Reportedly Out of UFC 175, Chael Sonnen Now Faces Vitor Belfort?

May 28, 2014
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Wand getting in Chael's face

Chael Sonnen has always maintained that Wanderlei Silva would find away out of their grudge match. It turns out that the “American Gangster” was right.

According to a report from Combate.com, Silva did not show up for a required hearing to receive a license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the fight and has been replaced by Vitor Belfort.

Silva and Sonnen coached opposite each other on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, where they broke out in a well-publicized scuffle on the set during filming (watch video footage of Silva and Sonnen’s tussle here). They were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 173. The bout was then moved to The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale. And then an injury to Silva from the on-set fight pushed the bout back to UFC 175 on July 5.

The two even promoted the fight at an International Fight Week press conference last Friday, where they once again had to be held apart by UFC president Dana White.

Belfort was originally slated to face middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 173. When the NSAC banned therapeutic exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy in February, Belfort, who was on the treatment, was removed from the title fight and replaced by Lyoto Machida. Weidman required knee surgery, so the fight was pushed back to UFC 175.

And now, since Weidman and Machida has already been widely publicized as the main event, Belfort, who Combate reported as being cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to fight, apparently steps in for Silva.

Sonnen has already gained clearance for the fight, according to the report, having stopped his own TRT usage once the commission banned it in February.

UFC 175 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on July 5. The Weidman vs. Machida title fight headlines the fight card. Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey puts her title on the line against Alexis Davis in the co-main event.

While the report from Combate.com appeared credible, as the website is part of the Globo empire that is an official partner of the UFC, Sonnen on Wednesday tweeted that none of the reports about the situation were complete.

Silva added more fuel to speculation, tweeting in Portuguese, “What is this???? I’m not buying!!!!!”

Neither UFC officials nor Nevada State Athletic Commission officials were available for comment or confirmation at the time of publication.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/bestnicknameeverbros Eugenio Croitoru

    Wanderlei Silva is a wuss.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    wow…wand after all that talk about how Chael would “chicken out” After all your angry video blogs and constant talk about how you will destroy Chael…blah blah blah. Guess he got his way out.

    • Alex’sMom

      My prediction of Wanderlei’s excuse!!

      “I DIDN’T RUN AWAY BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID OF CHAEL. I DIDN’T RUN AWAY BECAUSE I WAS JUICING. I WOULD NEVER DO THAT! I “WALKED” AWAY BECAUSE MY DOCTOR PRESCRIBED ME SOMETHING THE OTHER DAY FOR MY BACK WHICH MIGHT TRIGGER TESTING POSITIVE. YES! SO MANY CHEMICALS GO IN DRUGS THESE DAYS THAT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL TURN UP. THAT IS WHY I WALKED AWAY! I WANT TO GO TALK TO A DOCTOR, GET THE DRUG OUT OF MY SYSTEM, AND THEN RE-TEST! AND THEN I AM GOING TO KILL CHAEL SONNEN.”

  • lowlb

    The low testosterone battle.
    This is a better fight..

    • https://www.facebook.com/bestnicknameeverbros Eugenio Croitoru

      No it’s not, the Sonnen vs Wanderlei fight’s hype was really building up.

      But Wanderlei to chicken out like that, wow.

  • Mark McDowall

    So is the fight at 205 or 185??

    And now were going to have to listen to Sonnen try and fake hype this fight like DC and The Barista.

  • Jthor

    I’m still going to wait a couple days on this one. That Wandy wussed out I don’t doubt. Any MMA fighter that would praise someone for sucker-punching a person that HE picked a fight with, is nothing but a coward. But Vitor being cleared? And no mention of the mysterious test that he refuses to talk about? I can smell what the Rock is cooking, and it’s fishy.

    • Mike

      Damn I miss the WWF days. :)

  • TheCerealKiller

    Silva, go away and retire! I don’t care anymore. He used to be one of my favorite fighters, but this is crap.

  • Darin

    Lol at Chaels’s tweet. That tool never misses an opportunity to kiss his employer’s ass.

  • David Huenecke

    My question is why they would even report the story if nobody could be reached for confirmation? Get confirmation ,then report the story with proper info; instead of having to write an edit or retraction in a day or two.