Nevada Athletic Commission Postpones Wanderlei Silva’s Rehearing

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 29, 2015
Wanderlei Silva’s rehearing with the NAC was postponed. | Taro Irei/

Wanderlei Silva will have to face the Nevada Athletic Commission another day.

Silva’s rehearing with the NAC was postponed on Thursday because the fighter’s attorney, Ross Goodman, did not receive the necessary paperwork until the previous day due to a clerical error. Additionally, Goodman wanted to cross-examine UFC executive Kirk Hendrick, who was not present at the meeting. Silva was also not in attendance.

Last year, Silva admitted to fleeing from a random drug test prior to a UFC 175 clash with Chael Sonnen. The Brazilian claimed that he avoided the NAC representative because he had taken a banned diuretic to help him deal with inflammation from a wrist injury. As a result, the NAC handed “The Axe Murderer” a lifetime ban and fined him $70,000.

Later, a Nevada district court judge overturned the punishment on the grounds that the commission’s disciplinary actions were “arbitrary, capricious and not supported by substantial evidence.” Judge Kerry Earley then ruled that Silva appear before the commission for a rehearing.

It is currently unknown when Silva’s next rehearing will take place. The 38-year-old Pride Fighting Championships veteran announced his retirement in September 2014.


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