The drama between the Nevada Athletic Commission and Wanderlei Silva is only just beginning.
After Silva filed a motion to dismiss any further disciplinary action for running away from a random drug test in May, the Nevada Attorney General has formally petitioned the NAC to deny the fighter’s request.
In June, Silva appeared before the NAC for skipped out on a random drug test before of his UFC 175 fight against Chael Sonnen. He admitted at the time to bailing and confessed to taking anti-inflammatories and a diuretic. Silva was to have appeared in front of the commission on August 21 but instead, his legal team filed a motion to dismiss. Silva claimed that the NAC didn’t have jurisdiction to persecute him as a non-licensed fighter in Nevada. The random drug test was presented to him before he applied for a license, therefore absolving him of the responsibility to test.
UFC Tonight received a copy of the Nevada Attorney General’s response to the motion, which has been filed to deny the motion and proceed with the hearing. In response to Silva’s claim, the Attorney General claims that Silva was well aware he was scheduled to fight at UFC 175 on July 5 when he was approached for testing on May 24. Besides that, Silva claimed he was using a diuretic, which is banned. UFC Tonight also reports that the Nevada Attorney General claims in its opposition that licensure is not a prerequisite to discipline; that Nevada has the right to punish a person, or an unarmed combatant who is getting ready to compete in the state, even if they aren’t yet licensed.
No word on when a decision will be reached.
Tags: Mixed Martial Arts, Wanderlei Silva