Despite Reports, Wanderlei Silva Still UFC Fighter After Dodging Drug Test

Written by Tom Ngo
May 30th, 2014

UFC Middleweight Wanderlei Silva

On Friday, MMAJunkie.com reporter Steven Morracco announced UFC president Dana White said Wanderlei Silva (pictured) is “done” with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion after allegedly dodging last weekend’s random drug test with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

However, MMA reporter extraordinaire Ariel Helwani subsequently clarified with White that “Wanderlei is still a UFC fighter. “I said he was done for (the) July 5th (card) and NSAC would decide his fate.”

Silva was slated to face bitter rival Chael Sonnen at UFC 175. However, when the NSAC sprung a surprise drug test on him at his gym in Las Vegas, Silva reportedly bolted out the back door and never looked back.

As far as the NSAC is concerned, a skipped drug test constitutes a failed drug test and they refused to license “The Axe Murderer” for the scrap. 

Silva was subsequently pulled from the tango and replaced by Vitor Belfort, who faces his own licensing issues with the NSAC.

Siva made his highly anticipated UFC debut against Chuck Liddell in December 2007. After the unanimous decision defeat, the Brazilian won only half of his next eight bouts inside the Octagon.

The 37-year-old was last seen knocking out Brian Stann in March 2013.

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