It seems as if the powers that be in the UFC are tired of Wanderlei Silva and his social media tirade against his current employer.
Zuffa LLC has filed a lawsuit against the former middleweight fighter in a Nevada district court Tuesday, according to Bloody Elbow.
The lawsuit claims “intentional misconduct” associated with Silva’s latest rant against the UFC, alleging that the promotion has long been in the business of fixing fights.
“They have no respect for anyone,” Silva wrote on Facebook. “I’ve made it very clear to you all that I will never again fight for this promotion, the U.F. Circus. Fixed fights — and I can prove it! I haven’t yet dropped the bomb. I haven’t said everything I know!”
Here’s an official statement from the lawsuit, per FOX Sports:
“Not content to defame the UFC in a single post, Silva apparently decided to double-down on his scurrilous remarks. In a second post, published the same day, Silva continued his broadside attack. Though Silva published his posts in Portuguese, his statements nevertheless spread like wildfire throughout the MMA and broader sports community in the United States. Indeed a number of media outlets re-published Silva’s statements (translated into English) in various online stories, thereby creating the potential for Silva’s damaging statements to remain publicly available forever.”
The initial lawsuit is requesting $10,000 in compensatory damages. That number could, and likely will, be revised once the two sides enter the Las Vegas court.
Silva is currently contracted by the UFC, but hasn’t fought since defeating Brian Stann in March 2013. He hasn’t been scheduled to fight since being matched up with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in July 2014, a card headlined by Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. Silva reportedly ran from a random drug test, citing a banned substance that would have resulted in a positive test.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued a $70,000 fine and a lifetime ban for running from the random examination.