After making headlines last summer by accusing the UFC of fixing fights, Wanderlei Silva has apologized for making the statements.
Silva made the accusations last summer, shortly after legendary cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran was let go by the promotion, for criticizing the UFC – Reebook deal. At the time, Silva said the UFC was a “circus” and that it “Fixed fights – and I can prove it! I haven’t yet dropped the bomb. I haven’t said everything I know!”.
Well, recently the 39 year-old legend posted the apology and retraction on Facebook:
I Was Wrong, apologize.
“In July of last year, I posted a number of comments on Facebook and Twitter, which included repeated claims that the UFC “fixed fights” and that I could “prove it.” I hereby retract any such statements in their entirety as I failed to understand that the term “fight-fixing” specifically refers to the illegal action or practice of dishonestly determining the outcome of a contest before it occurs. I understand the UFC’s reputation would be harmed if my fans and others actually believed the UFC engaged in fight fixing, and I have no evidence to support such a claim. I apologize for any misunderstanding my comments may have caused.”
So if you’re thinking this could be related to the lawsuit the UFC launched against Silva, after making these comments, well, it looks like that’s the case. MMA Junkie is reporting that Silva’s lawyer has said the UFC has agreed to drop the lawsuit, and that they’ve released him from his contract with the promotion.
If you’re a big time, “Axe Murderer” fan and are thinking this could mean Silva will be throwing down for Bellator or Rizin FF soon, that’s probably not the case. The Brazilian star is still battling a lifetime ban the Nevada Commission handed him, after he failed to take a drug test that was ordered by the organization.
Silva, who retired after receiving the ban, hasn’t fought since 2013 when he stopped Brian Stann.