UFC president Dana White doesn't believe that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) will be waiting with smiles and hugs for fighter Wanderlei Silva should he show up to a required commission meeting in four days. Wanderlei Silva reportedly walked out on a NSAC commission official sent to collect a sample of some sort from him for a random drug test in May.
Silva has not publicly stated yet whether or not he will attend the June 17 commission meeting. Whether or not he does, White isn't betting that the legendary fighter will be received warmly.
"I think the Wanderlei story is not going to end well," White told reporters Thursday.
"You know how this commission is right now. Always, not just these guys, but always. When you get caught taking performance enhancing drugs you're gone for a year, or whatever the suspension is, but it's never good. I think, and I honestly know nothing about what's going to happen, but I would have to say they're probably going to make a serious example out of Wanderlei.
"There's no way in hell [the NSAC] are letting him off. No way in hell. They are going to bury Wanderlei Silva. In my humble opinion. They're going to bury him."
Although just days ago the UFC boss was all too happy to parrot and endorse many of Chael Sonnen's misleading excuses and out-right lies (some clarity here on some of those claims from Sonnen - banned substances are not allowed in or out of competition, Sonnen was indeed "in-competition" as a licensed fighter with a scheduled bout soon-coming and, the substances Sonnen tested for are indeed considered "perfomance-enhancing") regarding his failed test leading up to the once-scheduled July fight with Silva, he is not similarly extending a benefit of the doubt to the Brazilian. Silva released his own dubious-sounding statement blaiming misunderstandings and language barriers for his alleged running out on a random drug test.
"When the commission shows up to drug test you it is what it is," said White.
"If you're doing something wrong you're going to get caught. Running from it just makes you guilty...'Wait, let me get my lawyer on the phone. Let me get some type of translator here to see what's going on.' I love Wanderlei. Wanderlei has always been a great guy. You don't walk out on a drug test, especially in Nevada."