Wanderlei Silva And Ex-UFC Fighters Pushing For Muhammad Ali Act In MMA

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Wanderlei Silva’s crusade against the UFC continues, as the Pride FC legend remains at loggerheads with the promotion he once called home. It all stems from the Ultimate Fighter Brazil, where ‘The Axe Murderer’ coached opposite Chael Sonnen in the lead up to their scheduled meeting at UFC 173, then the TUF Brazil 3 finals and then UFC 175. Silva allegedly fled from a NSAC (Nevad State Athletic Commission) drug test, was pretty much disowned by the UFC and Dana White and hit with a lifetime ban and $70K fine by the commission.

Silva recently had the ban overturned, but only after retiring from the sport and later publicly accusing the UFC of fixing fights. The Zuffa banner quickly countered with a lawsuit, but the damage was likely already done to the promotion. Back to the point in hand, ‘The Axe Murderer’ showed up at the recent annual convention of the association of boxing commissions in San Diego, California, and is pushing for a huge change in MMA (mixed martial arts).

The Muhammad Boxing Reform Act (2000) was brought in to reduce corruption in boxing, to increase the integrity of the sport and also fair treatment of fighters. Silva, Nate Quarry, Jon Fitch, Ryan Jimmo and head of the MMAFA (mixed martial arts fighters organization) Rob Maysey were all on site at the yearly boxing commissions meeting and, as detailed in the video above, were not there to mess about.

‘Today we are here to make a huge stepĀ in the sport of MMA,’ said Silva during his now-infamous youtube video series, ‘We are working on bringing the Muhammad Ali act in to the sport, it’s a federal act introduced here in the US, this law says that an event can not be a sanctioning body, the managers, and the promotion all in one.’

‘This must be separate, if it’s all together as one there can be corruption. The promotion can not be the one to decide who is the champion and who fights for the belt, then there’s no official rankings, the rankings can not be decided on the promotion’s interest. This is a huge step for the sport.’

This indeed could be a massive leap forward for the fighters, but that’s only if this plea from Silva and his friends is heard and put through. On the outside looking in it would seem a no-brainer, but often there’s much more to these matters than meets the eye.

Silva’s conquest to change the sport of MMA, and more specifically the UFC seems to be growing in power by the day. The question is will he be able to pull it off?

6 COMMENTS

  1. Silva should’ve stayed out of it and left it to Quarry and Fitch, they can be taken seriously. Silva is perhaps doing more harm than good for the cause by joining in. But this is the right path to take if MMA is going to become a legit sport. The way the ufc is running today is way to shady. And there is no doubt in my mind that some fights in the ufc have been fixed. Some fights have just been to big to have the wrong guy loose. And that’s also something a promotion shouldn’t do, promote fighters, they should promote fights. But the promotion backing one of their fighters more than the other is just stupid and should raise the question about fights being fixed in anyones mind.

    • I agree with everything except fixed fights. Especially if we are talking Connor vs Mendez. Call it unfair, biased, etc but not fixed. I agree though the promotion should keep their hands off rankings, matchups and discipline, The wrong guy has lost before, Chuck Liddell vs Rampage, Brock vs Frank 1, Silva vs weidman x2. They show support and bias all the time and even suspicious match ups but They took a real chance with Conor vs Mendez and it didn’t look good for a few minutes either. But yeah overall I agree with you.

      • I think they fix fights through the judges and rules. Split decisions and decisions. Some of the scoring is so vague its not really the judges fault but it certainly makes a close decision fight much easier to throw when the rules are up to the judge (insert my grappling scoring rant).

        • Okay, I can see that. I am not sure I believe it but I could see it happening. If it’s a close fight you’re implying there could be motives to push for one fighter over another, I could see that. But I would say the fighters in most cases make the decision for everyone to see. I actually think it’s unlikely the sport is free from such influences as even judges likely have their favorites. I could see a ref being instructed to stop a fight quickly if one guy who is “supposed” to win a fight is at a position that looks like a finish and if the other way around they give the “guy” more of a chance to get back in the fight. Like Brock vs Carwin and then Conor vs Chad.

  2. Well the UFC doesn’t decide the rankings. The media does. Last time I checked the athletic commissions sanction the flights, and fighters hire there own managers. Wanderlei should probably just shut up and leave this to the lawyers.

  3. Well there were six problems the Muhammad Ali act attempted to resolve. The UFC hasn’t really fit into those criteria except for acting as it’s own sanctioning body in countries where there isn’t one. I think they could be jumping the gun and cashing out a little early here. Honestly if they waited until the UFC made a huge mistake, like the Reebok deal on a bigger scale, and then used the negative publicity as fuel they would have a much better chance at success and garnering attention.

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