If you had a hard time imagining Anderson Silva competing in the Summer Olympics next year, when he announced he hoped to do so a while back, it looks like you were correct.
Back in April, Silva raised eyebrows throughout the MMA world, when he announced his intention to join the Brazilian Taekwondo team, and compete in the 2016 Olympics. People’s surprise wasn’t born out of the fact that Silva couldn’t do it, as he is a fifth degree black belt in the martial art, but because doing so would clearly impact his MMA career. It would do so at a time after Silva is likely to be suspended for the remainder of 2015, and has fought just once since 2013.
Well, recently the former middleweight champ’s manager, Jorge Guimaraes, spoke with Brazil’s Portal do Vale Tudo. When he was asked about Silva’s Olympic dream, considering the legend’s current issues with the Nevada Commission, Guimares stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“This Olympic thing has been discarded. Anderson won’t participate in the Olympics,” Guimaraes said. “He’s now waiting for the Athletic Commission’s verdict, which should come soon. 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.”
So there you have it, and really, it’s no surprise. By the time Silva is ready to fight again he’ll be nearly 41 years-old, and one would think the UFC wants him to stay busy in the Octagon, rather than on the Taekwondo mats. Further, barring a successful appeal from Silva’s camp, you have to wonder whether the Olympic brass would want to see a fighter who’s recently been suspended for PEDs, competing at the 2016 games.
Silva and his team are supposed to meet with the Nevada Commission on August 7th and present their defense. Silva has insisted on several occasions that he never intentionally used any type of performance enhancing drug.
The Brazilian star was temporarily suspended earlier this year after he allegedly tested positive for several banned substances, including steroids. Silva is coming off a decision win over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January, but the win will likely be declared a no-contest.