Wanderlei Silva's career will be back in the hands of the Nevada Athletic Commission later this month.
After a judge ordered a re-hearing in May, the MMA legend's case will go before the NAC again at its next meeting Oct. 29, an NAC spokesperson confirmed with MMA Fighting. MMA Junkie was the first to report the news.
Silva was handed a lifetime ban and $70,000 fine by the commission September 2014 after he evaded an out-of-competition drug test in May 2014. "The Axe Murderer" later admitted taking diuretics. Silva was supposed to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in July 2014 and the drug test was performed in relation to that contest.
However, Silva's attorney Ross Goodman filed a petition for judicial review of the commission's decision based on the argument that the NAC did not have jurisdiction to even test Silva since he was not a licensed competitor at the time.
In May, a Nevada district court ruled that the NAC's suspension and fine were "in excess of the statutory authority of the agency" and judge Kerry Earley called the discipline "arbitrary and capricious." Earley ordered the matter back to the commission for a re-hearing.
Those interested in the Nick Diaz case should be particularly interested in seeing what happens with Silva. Diaz was handed a five-year suspension and $165,000 fine by the NAC last month for a third marijuana offense. His lawyer, Lucas Middlebrook, plans on filing a petition for judicial review.