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Wanderlei Silva apologizes for alleging that the UFC has fixed fights in the past


MMA legend and longtime UFC veteran “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva claimed in July of 2015 that he could prove that the UFC has fixed pro MMA bouts in the past.

“I’ve made it very clear to you all that I will never again fight for this promotion, the U.F. Circus,” Silva wrote in his native Portuguese (and translated by MMAjunkie). “Fixed fights – and I can prove it! I haven’t yet dropped the bomb. I haven’t said everything I know!”

“Either you do what they tell you, or you’re fired,” Silva wrote. “I won’t give up until they free the athletes. This promoter is killing our sport. There are fighters going back to work to support their families because they can’t live from the sport alone. They’re very poorly paid. We are getting organized and soon I’ll have news for my brothers in the ring. This will not stand! Some have tried to buy me, but I am not, nor have I ever been for sale. And I will fight to the end, to unmask these promoters, who are deceiving the public, cheating, and taking the dignity and the honor from our sport! This is turning a pro-wrestling show with fixed fights. We have to stop these guys because that’s the end of the line for us!”

The UFC issued the following statement last July:

“Zuffa, LLC, dba the Ultimate Fighting Championship, filed suit against Wanderlei Silva in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas last evening based on the false and defamatory statements published by Mr. Silva last week,” the UFC said in a statement in July. “The company will have no further comment on the matter at this time, and refers all inquiries to its counsel at the law firm Campbell & Williams.”

Silva apologized for the comments on Thursday via Facebook:

“I hereby retract any such statements in their entirety as I failed to understand that the term “fight-fixing” specifically refers to the illegal action or practice of dishonestly determining the outcome of a contest before it occurs,” Silva wrote. “I understand the UFC’s reputation would be harmed if my fans and others actually believed the UFC engaged in fight fixing, and I have no evidence to support such a claim. I apologize for any misunderstanding my comments may have caused.”

The UFC filed a lawsuit against Silva last year, and the case against Silva is still open, according to public records on the Nevada district court website.

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