As noted on the site, Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) had to pull out of the fight with Chael Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) and fellow Middleweight fighter Vitor Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC) will step in for Silva to fight Sonnen at UFC 175.
“This is all a big confusion. Everything I’ve hear, I heard it, just like you, from the internet. Last Saturday a guy showed up at my gym with several paper in English saying i had to sign the papers. I asked him if all the documents were written in English and he said yes.”
“He did not show me any identification. So I told him that I can’t read English very well and I would need my lawyer present to able to sign any documents. Then I had to leave since it was the day of Barao’s fight and I was really busy here in Vegas.”
“In 20 years of career and 50 pro fights I never refused to test or failed to apply for a license to fight. My fights will be in Las Vegas on July 5th. So we were than one month from the fight. And my plans were to do all of my obligations once I get back from Brazil since I’m going to Brazil for the TUF Brazil Finale. Once I am back in Las Vegas, I will reach out to the NSCA to submit myself to any blood or urine test like I always have done.”
“If this fight doesn’t happen, it will be very difficult for me. I have invested all my time and I’ve gone through a lot to make this fight happen. I’ve had to deal with a lot of pressure, and I went through a lot on TUF Brazil 3. And I’ve been putting all my strength and effort into my training camp. I’m training harder than i’ve ever trained in my life.”
The headling fight is Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida and in the co-main event will be Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis. Belfort – Sonnen will still be the third main event.
UFC 175 takes place July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Prelims will air on Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1, while the main card will air on PPV.