Though former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is currently embroiled in an ugly scandal stemming from a failed drug test, he’s not willing to close the door on his fighting career completely. Even though there is a legitimate chance he could be sidelined with a lengthy suspension as a result of this latest steroid-related SNAFU, he still envisions a future where he could fight for again. He even believes he could fight for the title again one day.
“I’m happy with everything that I’ve conquered,” Silva told Globo Esporte in a recent interview (via Bloody Elbow). “Nothing is forever. I still have my UFC contract and I’m very happy with it. Only time will tell what’s next. I’m feeling well, I train everyday, I’m a healthy guy. Waiting is all there is to it. I’m still alive in the division and there may be a chance to fight for the title again.”
Anderson Silva has not fought since June of 2017, when he picked up a controversial decision win over hot-and-cold middleweight contender Derek Brunson. This win was preceded by decision losses to Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier, a no-contest with Nick Diaz (the bout was overturned when Silva tested positive for Drostanolone), and two stoppage defeats at the hands of Chris Weidman. Needless to say, the latest chapter of Silva’s legendary career has been a rough one. Somehow, however, he still seems to be long on optimism.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/20/2018.