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Wanderlei Silva called to appear before Nevada State Athletic Commission

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According to a report from MMA Junkie, Wanderlei Silva has been asked to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) at a hearing June 17. The commission has yet to receive a reply to their written request of Silva, the report said.

NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar detailed the nature of the summons by the commission. According to Aguilar, Silva received a letter from the NSAC on June 2 via certified mail that "required" Silva's attendance at the next scheduled commission meeting, June 17. The letter is said to have read, “The Nevada State Athletic Commission believes that you have information important to the commission, and … is requiring your attendance at the next Commission meeting. At that time, the Commission will discuss your ability to compete in unarmed combat.”

Silva allegedly fled from a random drug test weeks ago and, as a result, the UFC removed him from the beleaguered UFC 175 card, taking place in Las Vegas July 5. Silva issued a video statement on Youtube, saying that it was all a misunderstanding. According to the report, NSAC executive director Bob Bennett will testify at the meeting.

"Bob Bennett will testify during the meeting, as will a drug collector the 37-year-old Silva reportedly evaded at his Las Vegas gym," Aguilar said.

"Given Silva’s status as an unlicensed fighter at the time of his test, the options available to the NSAC for dealing with his actions are unclear."

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