Anderson Silva was long known as one of those fighters who — as I wrote in 2013 for MMA Frenzy — kept the martial arts in MMA. He boasted a background in the traditional art of Tae Kwon Do and kept traditions like bowing to his opponent. (He has had some controversies along the way too; from showboating in his bouts to his most recent failed PED tests. Not sure where that fits in…)
Still, it came as a surprise to many of us when he announced his desire to represent Brazil in the 2016 Olympics in Tae Kwon Do.
The longtime former UFC middleweight champion, who is a fifth degree black belt in TKD, described the Olympics as “the dream of every athlete” in a letter to Brazil’s sanctioning body — and announced his intention to represent his country with “esteem, strength, and honor.” (The letter is at the CBTKD site, and was originally reported by MMA Fighting.)
But now, it looks like that dream has fallen apart.
“This Olympic thing has been discarded,” Silva’s manager Jorge Guilmares said to MMA Fighting yesterday. “Anderson won’t participate in the Olympics.”
The fighter is focused on his issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who suspended him for two failed drug tests earlier this year.
“He’s now waiting for the Athletic Commission’s verdict, which should come soon,” Guilmares said. “We are waiting, we’ll see if there’s going to be a punishment and how long it will be. He’s training, Anderson never stops training. He’s staying active.”
He just won’t be active, it seems, on the mats in Tae Kwon Do.