Wanderlei Silva will finally get his second chance with the Nevada Athletic Commission. After several delays, Silva's re-hearing has been scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. PT at a Nov. 30 meeting of the NAC in Las Vegas, Nev.
Silva, 39, was previously expected to appear before the commission in late October, however a clerical error led to Silva's lawyer Ross Goodman not receiving the necessary paperwork until the day prior to the meeting. UFC executive Kirk Hendrick, who Goodman wished to cross-examine, was also not present at the meeting, leading the commission to postpone the proceedings.
Silva was slapped with an unprecedented lifetime ban in the state of Nevada, plus a $70,000 fine, in Sept. 2014 after fleeing from a random drug test ahead of his UFC 175 scheduled bout against Chael Sonnen in May of that same year. Silva later admitted to fleeing from the test because he had taken diuretics, a banned substance which he claimed was to help with inflammation in a fractured wrist.
Goodman argued that the NAC did not have proper jurisdiction to randomly test Silva because the Brazilian was not a licensed fighter at the time of the test.
The commission rejected Silva's defense, however the MMA legend successfully appealed the NAC's ruling this past May, as a judge in Nevada district court found that the commission's punishment was "in excess of the statutory authority of the agency." The judge also threw out Silva's defense, ruling that the NAC "properly exercised jurisdiction" by issuing the random test.
Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC) is an ex-Pride FC champion and former superstar of the sport who holds wins over the likes of Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping, and Ricardo Arona, among others. He last fought in March 2013, defeating Brian Stann via second-round knockout at UFC on Fuel TV 8.
In addition to Silva's re-hearing, the NAC is expected to select the judges and ringside officials for Dec. 12's two major UFC 194 title fights, Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor and Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold, at the Nov. 30 meeting.