Ultimate Fighter "Literally Ran" From Drug Test, Opponent Says

By McCarton Ackerman 05/30/14

A "cloud of suspicion" hangs over Wanderlei Silva after he ducked away from a random drug test.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship star Wanderlei Silva was abruptly removed from an upcoming fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175, leading his would-be opponent to still throw some punches by declaring that Silva “literally ran” from a drug test.

Sonnen claimed that Silva was approached at his gym for a random drug test by Nevada State Athletic Commission officials. After they requested a sample, he said the Brazilian “exited out a side door and never came back.” The Oregon native added further fuel to the fire by claiming that Silva, known as the “Axe Murderer,” had a “cloud of suspicion” over him for his entire career about his alleged use of performance-enhancing substances.

“Not only did he fail his test, he refused to take a [drug] test. And as you know, a refusal is equal in the eyes of the commission to a failure,” said Sonnen. “He ran from the test and I don't mean that figuratively - they came to his gym and he literally ran, goes out of sight, and they go after him saying his name. I have not spoken to [NSAC], but I am going to speculate that they will revoke his license and perhaps his career with UFC will be done.”

However, the two men have been exchanging less than pleasant words for years and even came to blows during an episode of reality show The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3. But even if Silva tested negative, he still wouldn’t have been able to compete. Multiple sources reported via Twitter that Silva had never applied to obtain a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which is a mandatory requirement for any fighter.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.