“We don’t believe you, you need more people!” – a great 21st century philosopher.
Anderson Silva recently hosted a Q&A in Brazil and he made it clear that the latest PED set backs aren’t going to stop him from completing his UFC contract.
“I spoke with my team, we discussed everything and saw that it was possible. We’re training now focused on fighting for five more years. I already have my schedule for the next five years. If we can fight more, two or three times a year, it’s better.”
He went on to say when he planned to fight next:
“I will be back next year,” Silva said during a quick Q&A session with fans after a seminar in Rio de Janeiro. “We don’t know yet what’s going to happen because all the stuff I used during the treatment for my broken leg and my supplements were taken to the commission’s lab to be examined so we can find out what happened. I don’t know what happened. It was a surprise for me as well. Coming back next year was my plan anyway, so it’s normal.”
Silva finished up by answering whether or not he thought he deserved a title shot when he returned:
“First of all, I have to earn it,” Silva said of fighting for the UFC title one more time. “The fighters who are up there earned that spot, to fight for the UFC title, and I have to conquer my space in the division again. Step by step, starting from zero. I don’t know if I will have enough time for that, but if I have the opportunity to earn it, it’s possible.”
What Silva has to realise is that he no longer holds the keys to his own fate. He still hasn’t been given an official suspension by the NSAC for his failed drug test and they will determine when he can get back into the octagon.
At that point he would be coming off of 2 defeats and a tainted victory in the past 3 years. “The Spider” everyone is used to seeing isn’t here anymore and he no longer commands the attention that he once did. Silva is closer to the end than he realises and it seems as though he will run whatever is left of his legacy into the ground.