As some likely thought would be the case, it looks like Wanderlei Silva’s recent comments about fighting Chael Sonnen, may not have fallen on deaf ears at the UFC head office…
If you missed it, while commentating an event in Brazil this past weekend, Silva reportedly said he’d be down for fighting Sonnen. No, not in the UFC, but for another promotion.
Since Silva is retired, and also suspended for life by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, most people probably shrugged off the comments. After all, not only is Silva barred from fighting, but Sonnen is also suspended for two years…(and retired)
Well, the following tweet has come from Silva’s official Twitter account, which seems to reflect that perhaps the UFC brass contacted the fighter about his recent comments.
Escravidão agora????? Como assim,nao posso trabalhar entao Dana? Vc nao manda em mim,luto onde eu quiser!O Q é seu ta guardado ja chega!
— Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) November 3, 2014
Wanderlei Silva just tweeted this: “Slavery now? So I can’t work, Dana? You’re not the boss of me, I can fight wherever I want.”
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) November 3, 2014
How about that? Silva has also tweeted since that “soon” he’ll have some “great news”. One would think that chances are it won’t involve a fight, since anyone who books Silva will likely have to face the legal wrath of the UFC and the Nevada Commission.
Silva announced he was retiring from fighting earlier this year, after blasting the UFC for how it treats its fighters. The announcement came shortly before the Nevada Commission decreed Silva was suspended for life, after he failed to take a random drug test heading into UFC 175.
Generally speaking, most commissions will not book a fighter to compete in their jurisdiction, if they’re suspended somewhere else. Not only that, but as recently as this past summer, Silva was still under contract with the UFC.