UFC: Anderson Silva Releases Statement Regarding Fighting Future

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Anderson Silva speaks to the press March 30, 2016 in advance of UFC 198. // A.RICARDO / Shutterstock.com

Anderson Silva isn’t done with MMA just yet, though his return date is anyone’s guess.

Anderson Silva has been mostly silent since a drug test failure under the UFC’s Anti-Doping program with USADA saw him pulled from UFC Shanghai. It was the second incident (and technically the third drug test failure) for the middleweight legend. On Sunday, however, Silva broke his silence to tell fans that he wasn’t done in the sport just yet.

In statement posted to Instagram, Silva said that “You can be sure it’s not over yet. My love and my passion for the fight are here, firm and strong. The fight continues, I will stop when God thinks I can not do it anymore.”

Silva’s most recent test failure, announced in November 2017,  has yet to be resolved. Michael Bisping eventually replaced him in the main event of UFC Shanghai, only to be quickly finished by Kelvin Gastelum. It was the second finish of Bisping in a matter of weeks for the former middleweight champion, after losing his title to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217.

For ‘The Spider,’ however, the big question will be how long he is kept from the sport he holds so dear. The Brazilian legend is currently forty-two years old. This being his second infraction (he failed two drug tests linked to his 2015 bout with Nick Diaz), he is looking at a multi-year suspension.