It looks like we won’t get a verdict on Wanderlei Silva’s future in mixed martial arts just yet, not after the former UFC middleweight’s rehearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission was postponed again.
Silva was scheduled to meet with the commission today, but was not present, prompting the commissioners to delay his hearing once more. Silva’s re-hearing was most recently postponed last month, where he was scheduled to address some of the concerns stemming from his evasion of a random drug test ahead of his fight with Chael Sonnen in May 2014.
The former PRIDE legend was originally given a lifetime ban from the sport, as well as a $70,000 fine. He later appealed the ruling, winning the initial battle when a Nevada judge said the NSAC punishment was “in excess of the statutory authority of the agency,” per MMAFighting.
The Brazilian fighter claimed he ran from the test because he was taking a banned substance to alleviate inflammation to one of his wrists. Regardless, Silva’s legal team insists the commission did not have the proper jurisdiction to test him considering he was not a licensed fighter at the time of the test.
Regardless of what may happen in Silva’s future, those around him insist he will remain retired from the sport.
“It’s just my opinion. I don’t know the future,” former trainer Rafael Cordeiro of Kings MMA said recently. But, to be honest with you, when I look Wanderlei now, he wants to spread the word about martial arts. I think that’s what he’s looking for now.”