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Sunday 24, May 2015

  Lifetime Ban On Wanderlei Silva Reversed

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Lifetime Ban On Wanderlei Silva Reversed

The now-retired mixed martial artist Wanderlei Silva has escaped a lifetime ban and a fine of $70,000 imposed on him for fleeing from a random drug test last year.

The ruling comes four days after the Nevada State Athletic Commission amended many of its guidelines, including a four-year suspension and a fine of 50 percent of the athlete’s purse for avoiding a test.

In May 2014, Silva ran from a drug test the Nevada State Athletic Commission tried to administer at the Las Vegas gym of the fighter. The 38-year-old later admitted that he had taken diuretics. For the infraction, the NSAC banned Silva for life and the MMA fighter later announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts.

In January, Wanderlei Silva appealed ruling of the NSAC and contended that the Commission lacked jurisdiction to even test him as he did not have the license of an active fighter in Nevada. However, it was argued by NSAC that the fighter was scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014 that clearly revealed his intent to fight within the state. On this particular issue, Judge Earley ruled in favor of the NSAC and stated that the commission had properly exercised jurisdiction over Wanderlei Silva.

Judge Kerry L. Earley ruled in favor of an assertion made by the former MMA fighter that the punishment that was voted in September on unanimously by the Nevada State Athletic Commission was “arbitrary, capricious and not supported by substantial evidence.” A rehearing, as part of the court’s ruling, has been ordered for allocating proper punishment for the violation of Wanderlei Silva.

Silva’s attorney Ross Goodman applauded ruling of the judge in a statement. Goodman stated we are pleased that the court set aside the disciplinary actions ordered against Silva and reversed its decision and remanded for a re-hearing after finding that the NSAC violated Silva’s rights. The attorney added while we believe this is the first step in the right direction and we are evaluating our options to appeal this order given the court’s failure to specifically address whether the NSAC also violated jurisdiction limits.

The former PRIDE Middleweight Champion was also crowned the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion. Silva (35-12-1), the former Pride middleweight champion, celebrated the decision and thanked all of his supporters. Nicknamed “The Axe Murderer“, Silva history was made today for all MMA fighters and added that we succeeded at reversing a very unjust sentence given by this Commission. Silva also commented that he hopes that this never happens to another athlete and also said it was not right for the Commission to do that.

The Brazilian former mixed martial artist is best known for holding the record for the most wins, title defenses, knockouts, and longest winning streak in PRIDE history. Silva made his official UFC debut at UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil on October 16, 1998 in a match against Vitor Belfort where he lasted only 44 seconds after he was knocked down against the cage by Belfort’s punches.

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Friday 04, Jul 2014

  Wanderlei Silva Admits Using Diuretics

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UFC light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva has admitted that he avoided a random drug test on May 24 as he was taking diuretics at the time.

Recently, the 37-year-old pulled from a light heavyweight bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 when it was made clear that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not grant a fighter’s license to Silva after he fled from a random drug test. The martial artist appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission at an “information gathering” and was represented by Las Vegas-based attorney Ross Goodman.

Chael Sonnen, who was scheduled to fight Silva, recently announced his retirement from UFC after testosterone replacement therapy was banned in all forms of combat sports. Sonnen remarked he did not use the therapy to enhance performance but it was medically advised. The UFC, which previously supported TRT, decided to honor the TRT ban and Sonnen announced his retirement.

 Goodman admitted on behalf of Wanderlei Silva that the martial artist had been taking diuretics at the time of the test. Diuretics are banned in combat sports and are used to quickly cut weight or mask the presence of performance enhancing drugs in the body.

The MMA fighter remarked he used diuretics in conjunction with anti-inflammatories for dealing with an injury to the wrist he had suffered in February. Goodman said Silva injured his wrist in February of this year and was scheduled to fight in May but X-rays confirmed he had fractured his right wrist and therefore the UFC moved the fight to July 5. Goodman added Silva regretfully started taking diuretics at that time for the sole purpose of reducing inflammation and water retention.

Before the admission of Silva, the independent sample collector provided a detailed account of what occurred before the refused test. Jim Guernsey, with an experience of 34 years in collecting drug-testing samples, said he attempted to reach the MMA fighter at his residence in Las Vegas at approximately 1 p.m. He decided to call Silva and his wife after there was no response at their residence. After this, Guernsey drove to the Las Vegas gym of Silva and found him and other members of the gym. Guernsey then told Silva that a random drug test had been requested by the NSAC and then Silva said he wanted to talk to his manager and left without giving the test. Details as described by Guernsey were confirmed by Silva during his admission.

The Las Vegas-based attorney added Silva was surprised and this was the first time in his career where something like this, somebody showing up at his gym and that does not negate or minimalize what Silva did and he is here to apologize to the commission. Goodman added Silva was concerned the diuretics would show up on his sample and there should not be inference or suggestion that Silva was trying to mask or hide any performance enhancing drugs or testosterone use.

The former Pride middleweight champion had never failed a drug test before this incident. Silva made his professional MMA debut in 1996.

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Wednesday 02, Jul 2014

  Sonnen Fired From FOX Sports And UFC Broadcasting Positions

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Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen has been fired by the UFC and FOX Sports organizations from his broadcast positions. This announcement was made after Sonnen failed a second random test given by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on June 5.

Sonnen’s first failed test was on May 24 after which he announced his retirement. Sonnen was scheduled to fight UFC light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175 but announced his retirement after his failed test in May.

FOX and the UFC released a joint statement to announce that the UFC Tonight co-host was terminated. It was revealed that the UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. It was added that this decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June and Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.

In his MMA career, Sonnen has failed three drug tests with the first being after his 2010 title fight against Anderson Silva in Oakland. The MMA fighter was suspended by the California athletic commission but made false claims to have his suspension reduced.

In May this year, Sonnen tested positive for two prohibited substances and voluntarily admitted to a third banned drug after a random drug test administered on May 24 in Las Vegas. His second failed test this year was confirmed by blood and urine samples given at another random drug test that was administered on June 5 in Portland. In his first random test, Sonnen tested positive for Anastrozole and Clomiphene, which are used to provide relief to men with hypogonadism. Sonnen also claimed he used Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG). In his second test, he failed for Human growth hormone (hGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) that are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Anastrozole (also known as Arimidex) is used as an on-cycle support drug to treat side effects of excess estrogens, which are usually associated with the use of harsh and aromatizable steroids. This post cycle therapy drug blocks the action (and not the production) of estrogen. On the other hand, Clomiphene citrate (also called Clomid) is used by athletes during the recovery phase of steroid cycles to restore the production of naturally-occurring hormones, including Testosterone, and prevent side effects of excess estrogens.

According to WADA’s description of human growth hormone, hGH is known to act on many aspects of cellular metabolism and is also necessary for skeletal growth in humans and the major role of hGH in body growth is to stimulate the liver and other tissues to secrete insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) that stimulates production of cartilage cells, resulting in bone growth and also plays a key role in muscle and organ growth.

Sonnen now claims that the second failed test is because of the prescribed medications. He remarked the Commission is aware of other prescribed medications he was taking and he will not challenge their allegations. Sonnen remarked he will cooperate with the Commission and look forward to having a dialogue about how fighters who transition off Testosterone replacement therapy can avoid violating any rules.

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Friday 14, Mar 2008

  UFC 84 ILL WILL – Steroid Target #2 Wanderlei Silva “The Axe Murderer”

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Wanderlei-Silva-steroidsWanderlei Silva UFC 84 information:

Wanderlei Silva, undoubtedly, one of the best light heavyweight fighters in the world is fighting in UFC 84 against none other then Keith Jardine. So Jardine who beat Chuck Liddell will face Wanderlei Silva who lost to Chuck Liddell? It seems this match is going to be for the next fighter to face the UFC Light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson. It makes sense. Chuck lost to Rampage 2 times, and no one wants to see Liddell vs. Jackson 3, just too obvious. It would be like seeing Tito vs. shamrock again!

Wanderlei Silva and Steroids:

From his looks and his MMA history in Japan, Wanderlei Silva is probably a heavy steroid and/or human growth hormone (HGH) user. It’s about 80% likely he is using some type of steroids or HGH for his fights.

UFC 84 ILL WILL – Wanderlei Silva Vs. Keith Jardine Outcome Predictions:

1) Wanderlei Silva wins by KO in the 3rd round (60%)

2) Keith Jardine wins by decision (40%)

Thursday 28, Feb 2008

  UFC® 84 ILL WILL and the steroid crowd

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It seems we have a lot to talk about when it comes to UFC84 and steroid use.  There are quiet a few contestants who are/were steroid users.  The fights we will discuss:

BJ Penn Vs. Sean Sherk
Wanderlei Silva Vs. Keith Jardine
Tito Ortiz Vs. Lyoto Machida

The list of possible steroid users:

BJ Penn
Sean Sherk
Wanderlei Silva
Keith Jardine
Tito Ortiz

Which of the above are MOST likely to have used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone:
Sean Sherk
Wanderlei Silva

As usual, we will rip up all the fighters and their history on steroid use.