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Wanderlei Silva confident he won’t be suspended by NAC

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Wanderlei Silva will get his hearing at the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) meeting slated for Aug. 21 in Las Vegas, and he’s not worried about it.

The UFC star was pulled from a UFC 175 bout with Chael Sonnen after refusing to take a random drug test in his gym on May 24. Silva released a video claiming he couldn’t speak English and didn’t understand the documents he was presented, but later admitted he took diuretics.

UFC president Dana White believes Silva "is in big trouble" with the commission, but the former PRIDE champion disagrees.

"I’m already preparing my defense," Silva told Ag. Fight. "There’s not much to be done, there’s no legislation over me. I don’t have a license and I’m not committed to fight in any event at the moment. I will do my defense and, as soon as I have (a fight) coming up, I will do the test and prove that I’m clean to get my license."

Silva, who suggested a light heavyweight bout with Dan Henderson, wants to get back in action later this year. His last bout, a TKO victory over Brian Stann, took place in Japan on March 2013.

"I want to fight in December, at the end of the year," he said. "They always do big events at the end of the year, and this fight could happen anywhere. I will be ready. I would like to fight in Brazil, but we can fight in Japan or even in the United States. But if it really is against Dan Henderson, I would like it to be in a soccer stadium in Brazil."