We reported earlier today that Wanderlei Silva was replaced by Vitor Belfort to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 175. All we knew at the time was that Silva didn’t submit his application and not attending a licensing hearing.
MMAFighting.com is reporting that according to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Robert Bennett, Silva had “ample time” to do everything he needed to do get a license. MMAFighting also states in the piece that Silva and Sonnen were asked to complete a random drug test. Sonnen complied, but Silva apparently refused.
Sonnen was on “UFC Tonight” earlier and said the same thing MMAFighting is reporting.
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“Wanderlei has operated his entire career under the shadow of suspicion that he was using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). However, he has never failed a drug test so we don’t speculate on those types of things. That clean record came to a screeching halt on Saturday night. Not only did he fail his test, he refused to take a [drug] test. And as you know, a refusal is equal in the eyes of the commission to a failure… He ran from the test and I don’t mean that figuratively — they came to his gym and he literally ran, goes out of sight, and they go after him saying his name. I have not spoke to [NSAC], but I am going to speculate that they will revoke his license and perhaps his career with UFC will be done…. As for myself, I still will participate on the pay-per-view (PPV) on July 5. But, the stakes are up: I am now fighting for a No. 1 contender match, the winner of my match will take on the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida, and my opponent is Vitor Belfort.”