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Dana White: Wanderlei Silva ‘is very wrong’ about NAC situation

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Wanderlei Silva feels "very happy to solve this situation" and that he was able "to clarify things and say the truth", but UFC president Dana White is not convinced yet.

Silva released a video on Thursday morning explaining why he ran away from a random test of the Nevada Athletic Commission and admitted he was taking diuretics, but was confident that he wouldn’t get any trouble applying for a license in the state.

White doesn’t think it’s going to be that easy, though.

"I'm not the athletic commission, but I think he's very wrong," White told "I think he's in big trouble. You cannot 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."

NAC has yet to announce if Silva will be suspended for avoiding the drug test, and White leaves it up to the commission.

"(Silva) and I have always dealt well with each other. Running from the test is as bad as it gets, though," White said. "Basically the Nevada State [sic] Athletic Commission is the judge and the jury, and they're going to handle it. Whatever happens, he will have his sentence and do whatever the commission says. Once he's through that, he and I will be cool."

Chael Sonnen, suspended for failing the random test, announced his retirement from the sport, but Silva still targets a bout against the former middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger. If Sonnen doesn’t returns from retirement, Silva wants a rematch with Vitor Belfort, who also has issues with the commission after failing a random test in February.

"Now I'm waiting for Sonnen’s suspension to end or Belfort to get licensed," Silva said on Thursday. "Let's go to the next. I will keep training 100 percent."