Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) wants to know why UFC light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva allegedly declined to take a surprise drug test.
NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar requested the fighter’s presence at a June 17 meeting in Las Vegas, but he’s yet to receive a response, he told MMAjunkie. Regardless of whether or not Silva shows, however, he said the commission will review the case and decide whether any administrative actions will be taken.
On June 2, Silva received a letter from the commission via certified mail: “The Nevada State Athletic Commission believes that you have information important to the commission, and … is requiring your attendance at the next Commission meeting. At that time, the Commission will discuss your ability to compete in unarmed combat.”
NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett will testify during the meeting, as will a drug collector the 37-year-old Silva reportedly evaded at his Las Vegas gym, Aguilar said. Given Silva’s status as an unlicensed fighter at the time of his test, the options available to the NSAC for dealing with his actions are unclear, he added.
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Wanderlei has offered an explanation via YouTube, citing "big confusion." He will presumably get a chance to make the case again.
Silva's career may hang in the balance. When UFC president Dana White was asked if Wand would be released, he replied “We’ll see what happens. He’s going to have a hard time getting licensed again.”
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