The Nevada Athletic Commission handed down a three-year suspension for Wanderlei Silva, effectively ending any chance of “The Axe Murderer” fighting in the U.S. anytime soon.
Silva, who fought to get released from his UFC contract and was successful, is expected to appear this week at a fan-fest event put on by Bellator MMA.
The suspension dates back retroactively to May 2014, meaning he will be able to re-seek his fight license next year.
While the suspension will keep him from competing in the U.S., it is possible that Silva seeks a fight in Japan or another country. He has been rumored for a potential free agent addition for Rizin, a Japanese-based promotion that held its first card last December.
Rizin signed Fedor Emelianenko to a contract, with “The Last Emperor” expected to compete again in 2016.
Silva turns 40 years old this July and last fought in 2013 when he knocked out Brian Stann. He was scheduled to meet Chael Sonnen before ignoring a drug test. Last May, the NAC overturned the lifetime banned placed on Silva.