The lifetime ban and $70,000 fine placed on Wanderlei Silva by the Nevada Athletic Commission has been reversed by a Nevada district judge, reports ESPN.
Judge Kerry L. Earley ruled in favor of Silva that the punishment was “arbitrary, capricious and not supported by substantial evidence.”
Earley, though, did not let “The Axe Murderer” off completely, stating that a hearing does need to happen to put into place a proper punishment. Silva avoided a drug test in 2014 and was given the ban despite admitting he used diuretics.
The last time Silva (35-12-1) competed was in early 2013 when he knocked out Brian Stann. He has admitted a desire to continue working in MMA since announcing his retirement following the suspension.
Silva’s attorney, Ross Goodman, released a written statement:
“We are pleased that the court set aside the disciplinary actions ordered against Mr. Silva and reversed its decision and remanded for a re-hearing after finding that the NSAC violated Mr. Silva’s rights,” Goodman stated. “While we believe this is the first step in the right direction, we are evaluating our options to appeal this order given the court’s failure to specifically address whether the NSAC also violated (jurisdiction limits).”