For the UFC, Wanderlei Silva (pictured) is like the ex-girlfriend that just won’t go away, so now they need assistance from the legal system. The latest drama between the two has been taken new heights – the Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.
Last week, the now-retired Silva claimed he had “proof” that the UFC “fixes fights.” Late Tuesday night, the UFC quietly fired back by filing a lawsuit against Silva for making “false and defamatory statements.”
After an illustrious career in PrideFC, Silva finally re-joined the UFC in 2007 but was a shell of himself at that point. “The Axe Murderer” went just 4-5 under the UFC banner, and then the drama began.
Silva was slated to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in July 2014, but dodged a random drug test by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Silva later admitted to taking 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.” On his own accord, Silva 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 has denied ever taking any performance-enhancing drugs.
The NAC then issued Silva a lifetime ban and $70,000 fine, which the Nevada courts overturned earlier this year. Regardless, Silva announced his retirement after his initial punishment was levied. He bashed the UFC for disrespect on his way out.
The UFC has been on Silva’s hit list ever since. His latest shot has him in some serious hot water, unless, of course, the Brazilian can produce the “proof” of the UFC fixing fights that he claims to have access to.