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Dana White: Wanderlei Silva ‘Very Wrong’ Thinking He’s Not in Trouble

Written by Tom Ngo
June 19th, 2014
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After hearing middleweight Wanderlei Silva say he’s “relieved” the worst is behind him after running from May’s random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, UFC president Dana White (pictured) responded like the rest of us … huh?

Silva believes he’s free and clear to resume his fighting career without repercussions just because his attorney relayed to the NSAC at this week’s hearing why he dodged the committee’s drug test collector. White says “The Axe Murderer” is wrong, dead wrong.

“I’m not the athletic commission, but I think he’s very wrong,” White told UFC.com. “I think he’s in big trouble. You can not run away from a test. You can’t do it, and it sets a very bad precedent. He would have been better off taking the test and testing positive than running from the test.

“But I’m not a commission member. Maybe I’m wrong and he’s right. We’ll see what happens.”

Silva admitted to taking anti-inflammatories prescribed by a UFC physician to deal with a wrist injury he suffered in February. On his own accord, Silva then proceeded to seek out diuretics to minimize water retention.

Diuretics are commonly classified as a banned substance due to their use as a masking agent to prevent detection of other illegal substances. Silva vehemently denies taking any performance-enhancing drugs or steroids.

However, since Silva ran from the pop quiz, there’s no way of knowing if there was anything else in his system at the time.

“[Silva] and I have always dealt well with each other. Running from the test is as bad as it gets, though,” White added. “Basically the Nevada State Athletic Commission is the judge and the jury, and they’re going to handle it. Whatever happens, he will have his sentence and do whatever the commission says. Once he’s through that, he and I will be cool.”

NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar will take all the information gathered from this week’s meeting and decide if Silva will be punished at a later date.

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