White: Wanderlei is 'done' for UFC 175, NSAC will decide his fate


UFC president Dana White often cited Wanderlei Silva as an example of fighter appeal in mixed martial arts transcending nationality. He was widely called the most loved figure in the sport.

By contrast, Chael Sonnen was so despised in Brazil, that people suggested this would be appropriate team attire:

They were joking, kinda.

Wand and Chael Sonnen appeared as opposing coaches on TUF Brazil 3, but a scuffle between the pair resulted in injuries that pushed off the fight. Further, Wand's behavior on the show was such that the audience came to favor Sonnen over their fellow Brazilian, much to the dismay of the Gangster from Orgegon.

Then earlier this week Wanderlei avoided a surprise drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The then was not to be found for a few days, and failed to show at a licensing hearing.

Early Friday afternoon MMAJunkie co-founder Steven Marrocco reported that at the UFN 41 media scrum, White reiterated Wand is done for UFC 175.

"Dana confirmed that Wandy is "done" in the UFC," tweeted Marrrocco.

UFC president Dana White later clarified that Wand is done for UFC 175. As to whether or not Wand would remain in the employ of the UFC, White was uncertain.

“I don’t know," said White. "We’ll see what happens. He’s going to have a hard time getting licensed again.”

“It did not put him in a good place with the commission, so we knew he wasn’t going to get licensed. So we contacted Chael and Vitor. Of course, Chael said yes immediately to the fight, and now it’s all riding on whether Vitor can get licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.”

“He can shoot all the videos he wants. He’s in trouble.”

White said his only contact was via text message, and there was “not much that made sense.”

Further, the fight between Sonnen and Vitor Belfort will be at 185, rather than the 205 that had been rumored earlier, and only Belfort is guaranteed a title shot with a win.

"I don't fight at 185 & I don't fight at 205," said Sonnen of the switch. "I fight at gangster weight."

And the last word from the scrum is that If Belfort doesn't get licensed for the fight with Sonnen at UFC 175,  there's no plan B - the fight will be scrapped.

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John Nic site profile image  

6/1/14 12:21 PM by John Nic

Wow wand has done so much for the UFC. Including being on that stupid reality show that tarnished his image and did fuck all for his wallet.

Molsonmuscle360 site profile image  

6/1/14 12:15 PM by Molsonmuscle360

You are correct, the guy you are quoting is the one who is retarded.  You run away from the commission, they file it as a positive test.

Morgz site profile image  

6/1/14 12:06 PM by Morgz

I suspected, but wasn't certain and didn't want to be a dick, especially if I was wrong

DiSmAnTLeR site profile image  

6/1/14 11:48 AM by DiSmAnTLeR

You don't follow because he is talking nonsense

Morgz site profile image  

6/1/14 11:13 AM by Morgz

Not sure I follow. I thought avoiding a test was considered a failed test by the commission. Is that not true?

Soup and Beer site profile image  

6/1/14 6:56 AM by Soup and Beer

He is just saying that Silva might be suspended from fighting for a period of time based off a failed drug test. To me that means Silva faces the standard punishment for roiding but no punishment will be administered by the UFC.

thefunkyfreshFIEND site profile image  

6/1/14 5:48 AM by thefunkyfreshFIEND

On a side note, are the scrums up on YouTube or only on fightpass?

Thacommish site profile image  

5/30/14 10:49 PM by Thacommish

The nsac to decide his fate? by that he means they will suspend him? they cant kick him out of the ufc can they? or force him to retire?

Bisping decisioned my SN site profile image  

5/30/14 10:36 PM by Bisping decisioned my SN

It is kinda ironic but they at least play by the rules now. If anyone did what wand did they would be gone as well

judodoc site profile image  

5/30/14 3:36 PM by judodoc

its strange how dana white is condemning wanderlei but replacing the fight with two known juicers: belfort and sonnen. The ufc consists of only juicers.