MMA legend Wanderlei Silva was banned for life by the Nevada State Athletic Commission last September.
The Brazilian fighter, known mostly for a historic run for the PRIDE organization in Japan, had been in hot water with the NSAC since he ran avoid an out-of-competition drug test earlier in the year.
But, as the saying goes, that’s history now.
A Nevada Court overturned the ban and it looks like Silva will appear before the NSAC for a revised penalty — and, maybe, get another chance to make MMA history.
Silva released a video message for fans this week, explaining his position and expressing his gratitude — to fans who have stuck with him despite two years without a fight.
“When you stand up in favor of a working class, all that you want is for the workers to be treated better,” Silva said to begin the video. “You want their rights to be given to them, and not only their duties. Every regulatory entity has laws which the entity itself must follow. Today, history was made for all MMA athletes.”
“We succeeded at reversing a very unjust sentence given by this position,” he continued. “I hope this never happens to another athlete; to have to fight in court for their right to work. It’s not right for the commission to do that. They can’t be above the law. We need to make clear the regulatory laws.”
“I want to thank you all for your support,” Silva said near the video’s conclusion. “You are like family to me. Even after not fighting for two years, my fans never abandon me.”
Full video is here: