When last we saw beloved Brazilian Anderson Silva, the former champ was snapping a lengthy win-less streak with a questionable decision over Derek Brunson at UFC 208. Then USADA put him on ice due to a failed drug test, and that was it, because it wasn’t Silva’s first failed test, and this suspension would likely be for at least a couple years.
But no! USADA has since come to the conclusion that it was all due to a tainted supplement, and now Silva’s suspension will officially end in November.
This could be good, because everyone loves seeing Silva fight. It could also be bad, because, well, Silva hasn’t really looked good in years.
Anyway, here’s Silva talking to MMAFighting:
When you had this second failed test, some people stopped considering you in “greatest of all time” discussions. Even though you never put yourself in that position, do you expect to be back in those lists now that you’re cleared?
I can’t say what should or shouldn’t be done. I have my fans in the sport. To me, B.J. (Penn) will continue being the best of all time. He’s someone I admire a lot, I have a huge respect for him. And ‘Minotauro’ (Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira), man. These two guys are super heroes of this sport. I can’t talk about me, it’s hard to talk about yourself. I have my history, my legacy, and will continue doing my job, and who knows, one day, when I stop fighting, I can give you a better answer.
You were scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum in Shanghai when you got suspended, and now he’s fighting Robert Whittaker for the middleweight belt. Who do you want to fight in your return?
Man, I’ll just keep training, something I never stopped since this situation started, and wait. I have some fights left in my contract with the UFC. I don’t have any names, no one I would specifically like to fight. I’ll just keep training, stay in shape and wait to come back as fast as possible.
How many fights do you still have in your contact with the UFC?
I believe I still have three fights in my contract.
At 43 years of age, do you still feel you have what it takes to get to the belt again?
Man, I’m in great shape, I have what it takes to fight anyone, and now I’ll wait for UFC’s decision. I’ll talk to my team and see what we’ll do. But I don’t have anyone in mind. I’ll wait and see the decisions that will be made.