So a lot has happened regarding the saga of Wanderlei Silva since the initial reporting that Silva literally ran out of the building through a backdoor to avoid taking a drug test for the UFC 175 event when a sample collector from the NSAC showed-up randomly to collect a sample from Silva.
Initially Silva didn't have much to say about evading the random testing that the NSAC wanted to employ, but after he was fined for failing to comply he changed his tune.
Silva was going to fight the NSAC in court, stating that the NSAC had no jurisdiction over him as he had not applied for a license with the state of Nevada at the time... the NSAC replied to that statement by stating that they have the right to randomly test individuals who are expected to fight in the state.
More talk ensued by Wanderlei Silva about the matter and he admitted that he was taking diuretics at the time due to an injury, but that he was still going to be fighting the NSAC in court regarding their assertion that the commission has the right to test athletes even if they have not applied for a license but are expecting to fight in the state... then a few days later, Silva's lawyer must have suggested to Silva that pursuing the matter in court would not be a wise course of action because further talk of combating the commission in court came to an end.
To make a long story a bit shorter... Wanderlei Silva was fined 35 percent of his purse for the fight that was supposed to be against his rival Chael Sonnen, totaling $70,000 for evading the random drug test, and he was also banned for life from taking part as a fighter in any MMA event in Nevada.
This action by the NSAC effectively bans Silva from ever competing anywhere again for the rest of his life, as most athletic commissions typically honor judgments rendered against fighters who have had cases heard by other commissions with jurisdictional authority on matters such as this.
To say the least... Wanderlei Silva clearly was not happy about the fine nor his lifetime ban from the sport that was handed down by the NSAC, and then Wanderlei did what seems to be the "in thing" to do nowadays... he started making all sorts of accusations against the UFC, that can be found on various MMA websites.
In a video with dramatic background music that Wanderlei posted on YouTube, Wanderlei stated that the UFC has and is mistreating fighters signed to the Zuffa organization, and that the UFC is taking away his desire to fight due to a lack of respect for their fighters.
Wanderlei Silva on the UFC : "They don't respect the athletes, they don't take care of the athletes, they don't pay the athletes," Silva said in the video. "They don't give anything to the athletes, only crumbs. And this is a shameless lack of respect, but enough is enough."
Wanderlei makes some very valid arguments in the video in regard to the UFC not appreciating what the fighters endure in order to compete in the Octagon, and his example citing Renan Barao's situation is a good exhibit of that argument... in addition to the repeated pressure he states that was put on him to compete on the date that the UFC 175 event was scheduled for, even though he had explained to the UFC officials on more than one occasion that he wasn't able to do so for physical reasons.
For those of you who missed the video, check it out... here's the video that Wanderlei posted :
Shortly after this video was released, DFW announced that Wanderlei Silva Has Been "Pete Rose'd," and there won't be any offers for Wanderlei's induction into the UFC Hall of Fame.
We can only speculate if the reason behind this decision is retribution for the public statements made by Silva, or is this simply due to the fact that Wanderlei has been banned for life from the sport... but one thing is nearly certain, they'll be no shortage of individuals stating the reason being is the former rather than the latter.
I believe there's plenty of blame and fault to go around for the three main entities of this saga.
First off we have Wanderlei Silva... is he at fault for ingesting and taking a banned substance that led to the unfolding of this sad saga and the ending of his MMA career ?
The answer of course is... yes.
To try and spin things any other way is simply rationalizing... and blind fandom almost always leads to rationalizing the downside of negative situations when things impact a fighter they're a fan of.
If Wanderlei was not taking the banned substance at or near the time of the random test, he wouldn't have had the need to evade the random testing in the manner which he chose to... those actions were his choices, and this is what started the whole ball rolling on this story.
If Wanderlei didn't want to fight on the date that UFC 175 was scheduled for, he simply should have stuck to his guns and declined to fight on that date if he was physically unable to... but that would have required him not to have what's called "dirty hands" in the litigious world, but apparently his hands weren't clean.
Secondly, we have the NSAC... was the fine of $70,000 in excess ?
I can't say with certitude as to whether or not there's another documented case of a fighter evading a random drug test by literally running away from an athletic commission's sample collector, so I'm going to say no regarding the purse penalty of $70,000 being an excessive fine.
What is excessive in my opinion, is the lifetime ban imposed upon Wanderlei Silva.
If the NSAC wanted to impose a suspension or ban on Silva in addition to the 35% purse penalty, a 12 month ban would have been reasonable... or even a 2 year suspension as was the case for Chael Sonnen, but again I believe we're looking at an unprecedented situation here regarding Silva's decision to evade the random drug test in the manner that he chose to.
Finally we have the UFC brass and Dana White...
Is the Dana White too harsh on fighters in the public arena when they decline to fight for whatever the reason may be ?
Absolutely... and we've witnessed this over and again.
Is the decision to ban Wanderlei Silva from the UFC Hall of Fame a fair and just decision ?
I would say no.
Does the UFC push some of their fighters to take too many fights too frequently ?
That would indeed appear to be the case.
Now the tricky question is... when fighters aren't able to fight for physical reasons or can't make weight because they don't have the ability to train properly due to the frequency of their appearances in the Octagon, does the UFC and DFW employ "strong-arm tactics" and public humiliation in an effort to effect the UFC's preferred outcome of certain situations ?
The public humiliation and disrespect of some of their fighters we have seen several times... in a few instances we've seen this happen when fighters refuse to take a fight in the 11th hour due to a new opponent stepping in that they weren't prepared to go up against, but sometimes this happens after the fact, as in situations where fighters miss weight.
In regard to employing "strong-arm tactics" in order to get fighters to cooperate with what the UFC would like to happen in certain situations, we can't be sure... but there have been several fighters who seem to want to suggest that this may be the case, and that the UFC does play "hardball."
So in closing... is 'The Axe Murderer' attempting to diffuse the situation regarding his actions that led the NSAC to take action against him with a full-on smokescreen ?
I'll leave that up to the fans to decide... but Wanderlei Silva obviously hasn't taken responsibility for his actions, and his decision to evade the drug test for the UFC 175 event that led to the circumstances surrounding him in the aftermath is on him.
_________________ Even when I'm 100% certain of a fight outcome, I'm only 75% sure... and of that, there's only a 50/50 shot that I'm right.
"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." - George Orwell
Too many people prefer the blue pill... me, I prefer the red pill.Belief Creates Its Own Reality
"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass." - Isoroku Yamamoto
The problem confronting the world today is that the world is full of ideologues who are more concerned with promoting their ideology than dealing in the facts.
An uneducated populous will fall for anything - Dr. Benjamin Carson
Stick with me... and you'll be wearing horse turds as big as diamonds !
Subject: Re: Is 'The Axe Murderer' Grinding His Axe Against the UFC Just a Smokescreen ? Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:27 pm
honestly as much as i love Wand this is complete bullshit i get so tired of hearing fighter cry about what they make, could fighter be paid a bit more? Sure, but that dont mean that the UFC should be fucking splitting their entire profits with the fighters lol. people talk about how much money the UFC is making and whatnot but they are also the ones putting MILLIONS of dollars back into the promotion so that guys like Wand can make a shit load of money in the meantime. just think about how much money the UFC has put into getting MMA legal in NY you think Wand or Jon Fitch or fucking Tito Ortiz is putting millions upon millions back into the sport to make it as big as possible? So in closing i would just like to say yea sure the UFC makes the most money but they own the fucking company as well i doubt anybody at anu kinda of huge company makes comparable income to the entire fucking company as a whole lol