The Nevada Athletic Commission may have won the battle against Wanderlei Silva (pictured) Tuesday by fining the now-retired UFC star $70,000 and banning him for life for ducking May’s random drug test, but Silva claims the war is only just beginning.
Silva took to Twitter shortly after the committee levied their hefty punishment.
“Those who are trying to take me down, come get it,” Silva wrote. “War is just beginning, sons of b*****s. They will see that we’re the ones who run this s**t, bunch of playboys.”
Silva unceremoniously announced his retirement from mixed martial arts last week in a YouTube video, so the lifetime suspension probably means nothing to him. However, having to fork over $70k, 35 percent of the guaranteed salary he was to make against Chael Sonnen at UFC 175, will sting just about anybody.
Silva was not present at today’s hearing, so his attorney Ross Goodman accepted “The Axe Murderer’s” punishment on his behalf. Goodman told a group of reporters after the session that Silva would likely appeal the NAC’s sanctions.
The commission explained after today’s meeting that Silva could be sent to a collection agency if he refused to pay the fine.