The ugly battle between Wanderlei Silva and the Nevada State Athletic Commission reached the end.

On Wednesday, the NSAC unanimous voted unanimously to reduced Silva’s lifetime ban to a three-year suspension retroactive to May 2014. This means the former Pride and UFC legend can return to active competition as early as Spring 2017.

The commission also retracted the initial $70,000 fine handed to Silva.

Silva (35-12-1) made headlines after he fled from a random drug test in May 2014 ahead of a scheduled fight against Chael Sonnen at UFC 175, Silva later revealed he fled the scene because he had been taking diuretics, a banned substance, in order to recover from a fractured rest.

It was not soon after the commission voted in favor of issuing “The Axe Murderer” an indefinite suspension along with $70,000 fine, which represented a 35 percent fine of the purse he was originally scheduled to receive at UFC 175.

Silva will be required to submit a clean drug test if he does seek a return to competition.

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