Wanderlei Silva pulled from TUF Brazil 3 Finale weigh in Q&A following UFC 175 drug test fiasco

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

"Murderer" out, "Shogun" in.

Sorry to all the amateur sleuths hoping to crack the case of the missing "Axe Murderer," but Wanderlei Silva will no longer be taking your questions at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3" weigh in event scheduled for May 30, 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

His spot in the pre-event Q&A has been filled by short-notice replacement Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, according to MMA Fighting, who will undoubtedly recount his cops and robbers tale from earlier this month in Brazil.

Silva has been forced to take cover after the promotion revealed that he was bounced from his UFC 175 pay-per-view (PPV) grudge match against Chael Sonnen (details), after the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) asked him to take a drug test as part of his licensing requirement.

The former PRIDE slugger ran like hell balked at the request and was promptly yanked from the Fourth of July weekend mixed martial arts (MMA) card (see the revised line up here).

In his place stands middleweight number one contender Vitor Belfort, who has his own share of drug test issues. The difference is, "The Phenom" appears to have his ducks in a row and has been passing his exams with flying colors. There's no guarantee he'll be licensed at next month's hearing, but UFC executives remain optimistic.

As far as the future of Silva, well ... that's another story.

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