Earlier this week, UFC Light Heavyweight Wanderlei Silva appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Back in May, Silva fled from an out-of-competition drug test resulting in his removal from a scheduled fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175. At the hearing on Tuesday, Silva's representative put forth the perfectly reasonable explanation that "The Axe Murderer" was taking diuretics following a wrist injury that occurred during training.
On Thursday morning, Silva released a video of himself immediately following the hearing where he perpexingly says he's "glad we solved this." Unfortunately for Silva, nothing has been "solved" yet. His punishment for dodging the test will come at a later hearing.
"I'm not the athletic commission, but I think he's very wrong. I think he's in big trouble. You can not run away from a test. You can't do it, and it sets a very bad precedent. He would have been better off taking the test and testing positive than running from the test. But I'm not a commission member. Maybe I'm wrong and he's right. We'll see what happens."
Whether or not Silva is in "big trouble" is yet to be seen. The last UFC fighter to flee an NSAC drug test was Alistair Overeem prior to his UFC 141 bout against Brock Lesnar. Overeem was not forced out of the bout and won by first round TKO.