Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight and part-time light heavyweight, Wanderlei Silva, is either off his rocker, or privy to information the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community has yet to discover. I'm not sure how else to explain his cavalier attitude toward his recent dust up with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
One that could see the former PRIDE champion "buried" for the rest of the year, if not longer.
That's because Silva ran from a surprise drug test back in June, one that popped (and retired) his longtime rival Chael Sonnen. "The Axe Murderer" later admitted to taking a diuretic during his appearance in front of the commission a few weeks back (watch the proceeding here) but now insists he's clean, training hard, and waiting for UFC to call.
"Life is great. I'm training well. I did a test on my own in Brazil, on June 6, to see if the corticoid and the diuretic were already out of my body. I also tested my testosterone levels. At my age, the level is 180, and I'm at 160. I'm totally clean and cleared to fight as soon as possible. I'm just waiting for the UFC to tell me a date and locale. In two months, I will be ready to fight... I would like to fight (Luke) Rockhold. He's a good guy. He's coming off wins and is the former Strikeforce champion. I think this (fight) could get me in line for the title. It would be perfect to fight him at Maracanazinho."
He left out the part about his disciplinary hearing later this month, where his punishment is expected to be handed down.
Silva (35-12) has been on the shelf for over a year, thanks to a variety of injuries. He was last seen knocking out Brian Stann in Japan, who later retired because the "All American" was tired of getting slugged by juiced-up opponents he suspected of cheating.
Not that he's naming any names.
In any event, Silva has gone full Vitor (never go full Vitor) be declaring himself cleared to compete, thanks to a couple of self-administered tests. Something his own boss finds "hilarious," though I don't imagine anyone over at NSAC is laughing.
We'll know more in just a few weeks.