UPDATED: NSAC Postpones Disciplinary Hearing With Wanderlei Silva
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.21.2014
Silva was told his presence was not mandatory…
UPDATE: Speaking to MMAjunkie, Wanderlei Silva's lawyer, Ross Goodman, stated that Wanderlei Silva was not intentionally trying to skip the scheduled NSAC hearing. According to Goodman, he received an e-mail from the Nevada Deputy Attorney General, Chris Eccles, which stated that Silva did not need to be represented at the hearing originally scheduled for today in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Goodman said the e-mail read, "I do not see a reason for you to appear on Thursday, because I'm just going to ask them to table it until their next agenda." Eccles was reportedly following NSAC procedures to respond to a motion that was submitted by Goodman on behalf of Silva. Goodman's motion is requesting that the NSAC dismiss the disciplinary complaint that Silva is currently facing.
ORIGINAL:MMA Fighting reports that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has postponed a planned disciplinary hearing with Wanderlei Silva that was set to happen in Las Vegas today. This comes after news that Silva doesn't plan on attending the hearing. He believes he will be licensed in Nevada again after he opted not to take a drug test before a light heavyweight fight with Chael Sonnen on May 24.
He said: "I had already scheduled this tour in Canada. They told me (about the meeting) after I scheduled my commitments here, but my lawyer will be there and he will clarify everything. The commission will make a coherent decision and will apply the law."
He is hoping to fight his 50th MMA fight by the end of the year and is hoping to face Dan Henderson in the UFC.
He added: "The three guys that I really want to fight are (Vitor) Belfort, who might be the next UFC champion, so he can't fight (me), (Chael) Sonnen, who will have to wait for his suspension, and Dan Henderson. Henderson and I are 1-1 and it's an interesting fight for any soccer stadium in Brazil. Leave a question to your readers: if this fight was in your city, would you watch it? Come on, that would sell out easily."
Silva's team filed a motion to dismiss and the NSAC will meet at a later date.