For the first time since Wednesday’s report that UFC superstar Wanderlei Silva (pictured) allegedly ran from the Nevada State Athletic Commission when they tried to administer a random drug test, the Brazilian is finally speaking out in his own defense.
Silva claims he’s baffled the UFC pulled him from his July 5 scrap against Chael Sonnen. The 37-year-old said the reason he didn’t oblige to the surprise drug exam was because it was accompanied with paperwork that he wasn’t prepared to sign without his attorney present, primarily because the documents were in English.
“This is all a big confusion,” Silva stated. “Everything I’ve heard, I heard it just like you, from the Internet. Last Saturday, a guy showed up at my gym with several papers in English saying that I had to sign the papers. I asked him if all the documents were written in English, and he said yes. He did not show me any identification.
“So I told him that I can’t read English very well and I would need my lawyer present to be able to sign any documents. Then I had to leave since it was the day of [Renan] Barao’s fight and I was really busy here in Vegas.”
Silva professes this is all a big misunderstanding. He reiterated that he’s never flunked a drug test during his illustrious 18-year career and is more than happy to do whatever is needed to keep his tango with Sonnen intact.
“In 20 years of career and 50 professional fights, I never refused to test or failed to apply for a license to fight,” Silva added. “My fight will be in Las Vegas on July 5, so we were more than one month from the fight and my plans were to do all of my obligations once I get back from Brazil since I’m going to Brazil for 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.
“If this fight doesn’t happen, it will be very difficult for me. I have invested all my time and I’ve gone through a lot to make this fight happen. This is a fight I wanted the most in my entire life and I will do everything I can to make this fight happen. All this will get resolved and I will be there on July 5 to put on a great show for all of you, my friends.”
UFC 175 takes place inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Sonnen has since been reassigned to Vitor Belfort, who has his own licensing issues with the NSAC.
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