Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Silva Out, Belfort In Versus Sonnen At UFC 175

Chael Sonnen predicted that he wouldn’t end up fighting Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175 despite the fight being booked, and now it appears he was right as it was announced that Silva will not be on the card at UFC 175 after not agreeing to a random drug test requested by the NSAC.

With the news, the UFC has announced that Vitor Belfort will step in and face Sonnen on the card that features a main event of Chris Weidman Vs. Lyoto Machida.

Sonnen was on UFC Tonight following the announcement and gave his thoughts:

“Wanderlei has operated his entire career under the suspicion that he was using performance-enhancing drugs,” said Sonnen as transcribed by 5thRound.com. “However, he has never failed a drug test. So, we don’t speculate on those types of things.

“That clean record came to a screeching halt on Saturday night. Not only did he fail his test, he refused to take his test, and as you know, a refusal is equal in the eyes of the commission to a failure. He ran from the test. And I don’t mean that figuratively. I mean, they came to his gym and he literally ran. He goes out a side door. They came after him saying his name.”

“I have not spoken to the athletic commission of Nevada, so here I am going to speculate. They will revoke his license and perhaps his career with the UFC will be done.”

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