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.”

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Quando olho esta foto, percebo o quanto Deus me fortalece sempre me dando luz na minha caminhada. Em uma longa viagem, lembranças fantásticas do tempo em que brincava nas ruas do bairro onde cresci em Curitiba. Tudo que passei, tudo que consegui construir com força de vontade, com determinação e muita honra. Tive o previlégio de colocar o brasão do meu time do coração, de uma certa forma, dar um título mundial pra ele e principalmente, pro meu povo. Só tenho a agradecer a todos vocês por tudo, digo de coração, amo vocês todos que sempre estão me dando forças. Beijo! Amo vocês de verdade, força e honra a todos, independente de time, cor, raça, religião e opção sexual, somos todos irmãos. Obrigado meu povo! Podem ter certeza que ainda não acabou. Meu amor e minha paixão pela luta estão aqui, firmes e fortes. A luta continua, vou parar quando DEUS achar que não dá mais. Então quem é meu fã, pode ter certeza, que logo estou de volta, pra alegria dos que torcem por mim e pra tristeza dos que não kkkkkk beijo . When I look at this photo, I realize how much God strengthens me by always giving me light in my walk. On a long trip, fantastic memories of the time I played in the streets of the neighborhood where I grew up in Curitiba. Everything I've been through, everything I've built with willpower, determination and great honor. I had the privilege of putting the coat of my heart team, in a way, to give a world title to him and especially to my people. I just have to thank you all for everything, I say from my heart, I love you all who are always giving me strength. Kiss! I really love you, strength and honor to all, regardless of team, color, race, religion and sexual choice, we are all brothers. Thank you, my people! 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. So who is my fan, can be sure, that soon I'm back, to the joy of those who cheer for me and to the sadness of those who don’t kkkkkk kiss

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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.

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