NAC Issues Wanderlei Silva Lifetime Ban and $70,000 Fine

Written by Tom Ngo
September 23rd, 2014

UFC Middleweight Wanderlei Silva

It’s a good thing Wanderlei Silva (pictured) has retired from mixed martial arts, because the Nevada Athletic Commission has just banned him for life from competing in the state.

The NAC also docked Silva $70,000, 35 percent of what he was guaranteed to make in his bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 175, for running from May’s random drug test.

Silva was a no-show during Tuesday’s disciplinary hearing, so his attorney Ross Goodman spoke on the Brazilian’s behalf.

Goodman told reporters after the verdict was rendered that Silva will likely appeal the commission’s punishment.

When the NAC sprung a surprise drug test on Silva in May at his gym in Las Vegas, Silva bolted out the back door and never looked back. As far as the committee is concerned, a skipped test is a failed test.

“The Axe Murderer” claimed the reason he didn’t oblige to the random 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.

Silva later admitted he had taken diuretics and anti-inflammatories to treat a wrist injury.

UFC doctors prescribed Silva anti-inflammatory medication following his on-set brawl with Sonnen on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3.” An X-ray in early May confirmed a fractured wrist. 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.

Instead of fighting a losing battle, Silva decided to call it a career last week. He trashed the UFC on his way out, claiming the promotion disrespected him and caused him to lose his will to compete.

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