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The hammer has come down on former Pride champion and MMA legend Wanderlei Silva.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has banned Silva for life from MMA and handed down a sizable $70,000 fine. He was called before the commission in regard to an incident in May where he reportedly ran away from a Nevada State Athletic Commission representative who requested he submit to a random drug test.

The hearing was broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.

Silva did not appear at the hearing and did not phone into the proceedings. Instead, he was represented by his lawyer, Ross Goodman, a move which the NSAC expressed displeasure regarding. From the early statements, it was clear that the commission was poised to take particularly strong action against Silva, and it did precisely that.

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