Since Anderson Silva will turn 43 next month, and is still facing what could be a lengthy suspension on account of his latest USADA flag, most people have closed the book on his championship era. But, interestingly enough, the legendary fighter thinks another title shot could come.

As this is being written, it remains to be seen what’s next for the former middleweight champ, as a result of a USADA flag he was served with last year. Silva was supposed to fight Kelvin Gastelum in November, but due to the USADA notification for banned substances, the star is facing a multi-year suspension. Silva was suspended in 2015 after failing a drug test. The decorated fighter has repeatedly insisted he’s never used PEDs. 

Well, when you consider his age, the USADA issue, and the fact Silva’s recorded one official win since 2012, his name’s no longer really mentioned when people discuss the UFC’s middleweight title picture. But, during a recent interview with Globo Esporte, Silva apparently said this (quote via Bloody Elbow):

“I’m happy with everything that I’ve conquered,” Silva said. “Nothing is forever. I still have my UFC contract and I’m very happy with it. Only time will tell what’s next. I’m feeling well, I train everyday, I’m a healthy guy. Waiting is all there is to it. I’m still alive in the division and there may be a chance to fight for the title again.”

Now, if you’re a big Silva fan, then you’ll be happy to read this, as one could infer this means the legend plans to fight for a while yet. But, let’s suppose Silva and his team are able to show officials he took a tainted supplement etc, and he only receives a one year suspension (and this seems unlikely), could he really work his way back into a title shot?

Sure, due to what Silva’s accomplished during his storied career, his path to a title shot is likely much shorter than other contenders. But, in a division that features the likes of Yoel Romero, Chris Weidman, Gastelum, and “Jacare” Souza (who Silva also noted in the interview he hopes fights for the belt), among others, all sitting ahead of him…honestly, if he was able to fight for the belt one more time, it would mark a comeback story of epic proportions. In fact, if Silva were able to defeat one of the promotion’s elite contenders, it would be a pretty amazing feat at this juncture.

Silva’s last fight took place in February, 2017, when he received a tightly contested, decision win over Derek Brunson.