Enemy of the state?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva was booed on Saturday night (May 31, 2014) after no-showing The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3" Finale in Sao Paulo, Brazil (results), despite the fact that he served as head coach for the entire season.
Well, that depends on who you ask. "The Axe Murderer" told fans in last week's video blog (watch it) that he was headed to the event to support his fighters, but upon arriving in Brazil, was informed that he had been removed from the promotion's PR schedule, according to ESPN.
So he skipped town and hit up a local watering hole to catch the fights (pics).
But Grace Tourinho, UFC Managing Director in Brazil, told the mixed martial arts (MMA) media at the TUF: "Brazil 3" Finale post fight press conference (via FOX Sports) that Silva was supposed to attend the event, but never showed up.
"I was expecting him and he didn't show up."
Silva has been laying low ever since he was removed from his UFC 175 grudge match opposite Chael Sonnen. While UFC claims "The Axe Murderer" skipped town to evade the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the Brazilian insists it was a big misunderstanding.
See how that mess unfolded here.
With Silva benched until further notice, Vitor Belfort has agreed to step in and take his place against "The American Gangster" over Fourth of July Weekend (details), assuming he can get licensed. We're still a few weeks away from that happening, but I have a feeling we're not out of the woods just yet.