NSAC requests Wanderlei Silva to appear at June 17 meeting

Washington Alves, Inovafoto

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has requested that UFC veteran Wanderlei Silva attend the commission's upcoming meeting on June 17 to explain the actions that led to his removal from UFC 175's card, MMAFighting.com confirmed on Wednesday following an initial report by MMA Junkie.

According to NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett, Nevada officials have sent a letter to Silva requesting the Brazilian to "appear and provide information of importance to the commission ... regarding his ability to compete in unarmed combat."

Silva was pulled from his anticipated grudge match against Chael Sonnen in late-May for failing to apply for a license to fight in the state of Nevada, as well as refusing to undergo a random drug test at his Las Vegas gym.

In addition to Silva, middleweight contender Vitor Belfort is expected to appear at the June 17 meeting in order to undergo a "comprehensive review" of his application to fight on the summer card.

As for Sonnen, the final piece of UFC 175's rotating carousel who tested positive for the banned substances Anastrozole and Clomiphene in the same late-May drug test that Silva refused, the American is expected to receive a preliminary hearing on June 17, where he could potentially be handed a temporary suspension, however the bulk of his case is expected to be reviewed at a later date.

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