Wanderlei Silva won’t be appearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission to plead his case for a second time, not after a clerical error prevented Silva’s lawyer from receiving the necessary paperwork on time.
The former PRIDE legend was given a lifetime ban from the sport in September 2014 after purposely evading a random drug test ahead of his middleweight bout with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 last May. Silva claimed he ran from the test because he’d taken a banned substance to help alleviate inflammation for his fractured wrist.
Silva appealed the suspension through a Nevada district court, where a judge ruled the punishment was excessive and beyond the agency’s authority. Both the ban and a $70,000 fine were overturned, forcing the commission to re-hear Silva’s case.
The 39-year-old Brazilian hasn’t fought since defeating Brian Stann in a wild back-and-forth battle at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in May 2013. Being away from the cage hasn’t necessarily stopped “The Axe Murderer” from being absent of any headlines, however. Several times over the past year, Silva has taken to social media to criticize the UFC and its practices, such as the way the promotion treated Jose Aldo for pulling out of his main event title fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 189 in July.
He even went as far as to claim he had proof of the UFC predetermining the outcomes of some of its fights, prompting Zuffa to take legal action. Silva’s currently in the midst of a defamation lawsuit with his former employers.