Thiago Silva has been declared ineligible to fight by the Nevada Athletic Commission days before his light heavyweight contest with Mike Kyle at the upcoming World Series of Fighting 22: "Palhares vs. Shields" event. So Mike Kyle will now be facing a former UFC and Bellator fighter Clifford Starks at the Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 1st
At the press release, WSOF President Ray Sefo said:
"We hope that Thiago will take the steps necessary to be in compliance with the state athletic commission so that he can make a quick return to action, In the meantime, we appreciate Clifford Starks’ willingness to take the fight against Mike Kyle on just a few days’ notice, and look forward to having him compete for us again after putting on a great show in the WSOF cage in March."
Silva also responded to the issue while speaking to AXS TV during an interview meant to talk about his upcoming bout. He said:
“No, I'm not fighting anymore.”
“Yeah, the boxing commission, they don't want to give me the license. The Nevada commission. You know, because I got suspended, like, three years ago when I fought Brandon Vera, you know? Because of the doping. And I'm supposed to go in court to talk to them. I paid the fine, I paid everything, I did the time. So, they want me to show up in court and to say sorry, and then they want to let me the license. They went for the last minute for the fight to say I'm not going to fight.”
Watch the video of his interview below: