Although Anderson Silva could be sidelined for the remainder of 2015, or even longer, the soon to be 40 year-old says he still plans to fight five more years.
As every MMA fan and their dog knows, Silva has allegedly tested for performance enhancing drugs, and is expected to face the Nevada Commission sometime next month. At that time, it’s widely believed that Silva will be suspended for at least nine months.
Well, recently the legendary fighter spoke with MMA Fighting.com, and reported that all of the supplements he took in advance of UFC 183 are being tested. Since news of Silva’s failed drug tests surfaced, the former middleweight champ has insisted he never knowingly cheated. Then, while discussing his long term deal with the UFC and his future in fighting, Silva relayed:
“That was an offer from Dana and Lorenzo,” Silva said, while referring to his multi-fight contract. “The only serious injury I had was on my leg now. 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.”
Silva returned to action for the first time since December, 2013, at UFC 183, and decisioned Nick Diaz. That result, however, is expected to be overturned by the Nevada Commission.
If you recall, prior to Silva’s win over Diaz, Dana White had said that “The Spider” could lock up a title shot if he was victorious. But, considering everything that’s gone down, chances are Silva won’t be returning to a championship bout when he returns next year. Silva, however, seems just fine with having to work his back into a title shot.
In the aforementioned interview the Brazilian star acknowledged that he will have to “earn” a title shot, and that he’ll have to “conquer his space” in the middleweight division. He also added, however, that he’s not sure if he’ll have “enough time” to do it….
As it stands right now, Luke Rockhold, Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida and “Jacare” Souza are all ranked ahead of Silva in the UFC’s 185 division.