Wanderlei Silva released from UFC after making public apology for ‘fixed fight’ allegations

By Russell Ess - January 15, 2016

MMA legend Wanderlei Silva has been released from his contract with the UFC. FOX Sports says that their sources have confirmed the release, althought the UFC has yet to release a statement on situation.

Wanderlei Silva

Per FOX Sports:

“Silva has been embroiled in a battle with the UFC for well over a 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. At the time, Silva had no legal recourse to fight elsewhere since he was under UFC contract.”

“Silva eventually announced that he would walk away from the sport while he was still battling the state of Nevada over a lifetime suspension that was handed down and later retracted for fleeing a drug test that the commission attempted to administer before his fight.”

“Silva later admitted to taking a banned diuretic in the lead up to the fight.”

Recently, Silva released a public statement through his Facebook page retracting his earlier statements that the UFC fixed fights. According to Silva’s lawyer Ross Goodman, this put an end to a defamation lawsuit filed against Silva by the UFC. The release of Silva from the UFC also happened just as Silva’s re-hearing scheduled for this week for his lifetime ban from the Nevada State Athletic Commission was again pushed back to a further date.

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