The Wanderlei Silva saga just took another ugly turn.

Just days after the ‘The Axe Murderer’ announced his retirement, the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted in favor of issuing Silva 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, for running from a random drug test in May.  This led to his removal from the UFC 175 fight card.

“When you run from a test, that’s about the worst thing you can do,” said NSAC chair Francisco Aguilar.

At a later hearing Silva admitted to not only running away from the random test but also revealed he had been taking diuretics in order to help with the inflammation of a preexisting injury. Silva’s attorney, Ross Goodman, would later argue that the commission did not have the authority to administer such a test since his client was not licensed in the state of Nevada at the time.

Silva has not competed since earning a second round knockout victory over Brian Stan in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 5 in March 2013. Both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night bonuses for their performance.

According to Goodman, his client will appeal the decision.


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