UFC Releases Wanderlei Silva For Fixing Fights

UFC Releases Wanderlei Silva For Fixing Fights

UFC has reportedly released veteran light heavyweight and middleweight competitor Wanderlei Silva, reports FOX Sports.

MMAJunkie was the first to report the news about Wanderlei’s release tough UFC officials have not yet released a statement about it.

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Silva has been battling with UFC since the last year after he failed to submit to a drug test from the Nevada State Athletic Commission ahead of a scheduled fight with Chael Sonnen in 2014.

As Wanderlai was under UFC’s contract then, he could not fight anywhere else and eventually threatened to walk away from the sport.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission initially handed him down a lifetime suspension. However, Silva later admitted that he had taken a banned diuretic in the lead up to the fight.

As reported by FOX Sports, the Nevada Commission had delayed Silva’s second hearing earlier this week to review his potential penalty until February. He is also expected to be handed down a new suspension.

Silva’s lawyers however, have vowed to fight till the end as Silva wasn’t even a licensed athlete in Nevada at the time and thus shouldn’t have been subjected to drug testing anyways.

On Thursday, Silva took to Facebook and retracted his earlier statement wherein he said that UFC had fixed fights in the past. UFC has now ended their lawsuit of defamation against Silva following his statement.

“In July of last year, I posted a number of comments on Facebook and Twitter, which included repeated claims that the UFC “fixed fights” and that I could “prove it.” I hereby retract any such statements in their entirety as I failed to understand that the term “fight-fixing” specifically refers to the illegal action or practice of dishonestly determining the outcome of a contest before it occurs,” Silva wrote.

“I understand the UFC’s reputation would be harmed if my fans and others actually believed the UFC engaged in fight fixing, and I have no evidence to support such a claim. I apologize for any misunderstanding my comments may have caused.”

Although Silva is officially free from UFC’s previous contract, he still has to face the Nevada Commission in February and could face a suspension that could hamper his return to action.