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Report: Judge Lifts Wanderlei Silva’s Lifetime Ban

Kelsey Mowatt

Wanderlei Silva

If you’re a big time Wanderlei Silva and have been holding out hope that “The Axe Murderer” could fight again, then you have reason to be a little more optimistic on that front.

According to multiple reports, a Nevada judge has lifted the lifetime ban Silva was given by the Nevada State Athletic Commission last year. The $70,000 fine Silva was hit with has also been reversed.

Now if you’re new to MMA or have forgotten what the whole deal was, Silva was banned after he failed to submit to a random drug test the NSAC ordered ( leading up to UFC 175 last July). Silva eventually admitted to taking a diuretic, which are banned, but his legal team argued the NSAC didn’t have authority to punish him, since he wasn’t licensed in the region at the time.

Well, according to a report from MMA Fighting.com, the judge ruled that the NSAC did not have the authority, or “substantial evidence” to enact a lifetime ban. The judge did decide, however, that the NSAC has the right to discipline Silva, despite the fact he wasn’t licensed.

What this means is that Silva will have to reappear in front of the commission for another disciplinary hearing. So, it will be interesting to see what the NSAC decides to do, and when Silva could be cleared to fight.

Of course, the other big issue here is that Silva announced his retirement last year, and more importantly, he’s been super critical of the UFC for a while now. Since the Brazilian star is still under contract to the UFC, even if he decides he wants to fight again, can that bridge be rebuilt?

Silva (35-12-1) hasn’t competed now since 2013 when he took out Brian Stann. The decorated fighter is 3-2 in his last 5 bouts.

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