W. Silva appeals commission ruling to Nevada Supreme Court

May 21, 2015

MMA Fighting reports that Wanderlei Silva will appeal the Nevada district court ruling which reversed the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s lifetime ban and fine of Silva.

Silva’s attorney, Ross Goodman, was pleased with the court’s ruling that Silva’s punishment was overturned but no happy with its ruling that it had jurisdiction over Silva.  With the court ruling, Monday, Silva would have to go back before the commission to determine his punishment for fleeing a drug test last year.

Silva argues that the commission had no right to drug test him since he was not licensed at the time.  The commission counters that it has oversight over combat sports within the state and thus had the right to test Silva.

Payout Perspective:

The appeal to the Supreme Court for the state of Nevada is a calculated risk but worth it.  The district court ruled in Silva’s favor but he still must go before the commission to be punished.  If Silva wins on appeal with a finding that the commission never had jurisdiction, his name is cleared.  It would also spur an amendment to the laws in Nevada.  Silva has a good chance with his appeal to the Supreme Court as the commission’s argument sought a very broad interpretation of the laws of the state.  Reading the laws plainly, one could see Silva winning the appeal.  We will see what happens.

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