Anderson Silva Doesn’t Rule Out Chance Of Fighting For UFC Title Again

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva isn’t ruling out another title fight in his pro-MMA career. But first, he is scheduled to take on Jared Cannonier at the upcoming UFC 237 pay-per-view event from Rio de Janeiro next month. Since dropping the title to Chris Weidman back at the UFC 162 pay-per-view event in July […]

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva isn’t ruling out another title fight in his pro-MMA career.

But first, he is scheduled to take on Jared Cannonier at the upcoming UFC 237 pay-per-view event from Rio de Janeiro next month. Since dropping the title to Chris Weidman back at the UFC 162 pay-per-view event in July 2013, he’s been on a rollercoaster ride.

Silva is 1-5-1 with his most recent win coming over Derek Brunson by decision at the UFC 208 event in February 2017. In his latest fight, he lost to Israel Adesanya by decision at UFC 234.

While doing a recent interview, Silva made it known that fighting for a title isn’t his top goal but one that he doesn’t’ rule out.

“I never put something in my mind like, ‘Oh I need to fight again for the belt,” Silva said (via MMA Junkie). “No. That’s a part in my life I passed. But I continue to fight. But I don’t know – maybe I have a new opportunity to fight for the belt. I don’t know.

“But I’m not putting my whole energy like, ‘Oh, I need to get back to fight for the title.’ No. That’s the (second) point for me, the first point is just continue to fight, continue to put my heart in the sport, then maybe I have a chance to fight for the belt again.”

The UFC 237 pay-per-view event is set to take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET. The preliminary card will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET and the UFC’s streaming service, Fight Pass.

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Anderson Silva Details Personal Friendship With Jon Jones

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones are two of the most dynamic fighters the UFC has ever seen. Silva came first, ruling the middleweight division for years – and at one point holding the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses – before bei…

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones are two of the most dynamic fighters the UFC has ever seen. Silva came first, ruling the middleweight division for years – and at one point holding the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses – before being dethroned by Chris Weidman. Jones has been ruling the light heavyweight division […]

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Anderson Silva Doesn’t Believe PED Usage Tainted His MMA Career

Anderson Silva doesn’t think that despite his past usage of PEDs it has an impact on his MMA career or legacy. The former UFC middleweight champion was pulled from his bout against Kelvin Gastelum at the UFC Fight Night 122 event after he was flagged due to a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation. He tested […]

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Anderson Silva doesn’t think that despite his past usage of PEDs it has an impact on his MMA career or legacy.

The former UFC middleweight champion was pulled from his bout against Kelvin Gastelum at the UFC Fight Night 122 event after he was flagged due to a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation. He tested positive for two banned substances, which were methyltestosterone and a diuretic.

Those samples were collected back on October 26, 2017. For his latest failed test, he received a one-year suspension from USADA dating back to October of 2017.

This wasn’t the first time that Silva tested positive as he did for the steroids drostanolone and androsterone in 2015. He would later blame his first failed drug test on a Thai sex drug. This forced him to be on the sidelines for one year.

Silva told Combate in a recent interview that he doesn’t worry too much about if those positive tests impact his legacy.

“I don’t think [they taint my career],” Silva said. “Both me and Jon Jones have been through some difficult things in the sport. To come back from what we had to live through, that’s more than loving what you like. It takes a special kind of person. I have great affection for him.

We talk whenever we can, I try to give him some of my experience as to how to live in the fighting world, but behind the cameras. Jon Jones has everything to create a great story. He already is a great story. You can’t debate what he did for the sport. The things he did, which I ended up doing, they were flaws we had no control over and we paid for them. There were more good things than bad. Jon Jones has my respect, I’m sure he’s the absolute champion of this sport.”

Silva is scheduled to take on Jared Cannonier at the upcoming UFC 237 pay-per-view event next month.

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Anderson Silva Responds To Former Coach’s Attack On Student

Anderson Silva has given his thoughts about his former Muay Thai coach’s assault on an ex-student. Silva’s former Muay Thai coach, Diogenes Assahida, just so happened to be standing outside of his gym when a former student named Ulisses Teodoro decided to stroll by sporting his new gym’s gear. Well, that didn’t sit too well […]

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Anderson Silva has given his thoughts about his former Muay Thai coach’s assault on an ex-student.

Silva’s former Muay Thai coach, Diogenes Assahida, just so happened to be standing outside of his gym when a former student named Ulisses Teodoro decided to stroll by sporting his new gym’s gear.

Well, that didn’t sit too well with Assahida, who just so happened to be the gentleman responsible for training Silva heading into his title-winning Rich Franklin rivalry.

In the tweet posted by Guilherme Cruz, you can watch Assahida wave his former pupil around the corner before sucker punching Teodoro.

“I’ve lost my head, but s**t … we need to go back to the samurai era, you have to honor your master, your professor,” Assahida said in a video trying to explain his actions. “You have to honor yourself. You have to wear the same shirt forever, listen to your master and professor.”

Since the April incident, the video has gone viral causing a fair amount of uproar. During a recent UFC media event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Silva gave his feeling on the attack.

”I think each person has its own views,” Silva said (via MMA Fighting). “I’m from a time where you respect your coach, the coach respected the student. I never had any problem with any of my coaches, I’ve always respected them. I have (Rogerio) Camoes, master (Luiz) Dorea and master (Ricardo) De La Riva as second fathers for me because they are always helping me, always showing me the path to go to get to where I want.”

”That’s an isolated fact, it’s sad because when you’re titled a master you have to give the example no matter if your student leaves the gym or not if he continues or not. He has to follow his own path. The moment you open a gym, and you pass your knowledge forward, you can’t stop this student from creating his own path. Unfortunately, each person has his own views and opinions about it. It’s an unfortunate fact.”

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Anderson Silva Not Opposed To Another UFC Title Reign, But Isn’t Focused On It

Anderson Silva’s focus at this stage of his career isn’t solely on championship gold. Silva was once considered the pound-for-pound best fighter in mixed martial arts. He reigned as the UFC middleweight king from 2006 until 2013. Before Dem…

Anderson Silva’s focus at this stage of his career isn’t solely on championship gold. Silva was once considered the pound-for-pound best fighter in mixed martial arts. He reigned as the UFC middleweight king from 2006 until 2013. Before Demetrious Johnson broke the record, Silva had the most consecutive successful title defenses in UFC history. “The […]

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Anderson Silva: Israel Adesanya Crossed The Line Against Jon Jones

A highly-publicized beef has been brewing between current interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and light heavyweight king Jon Jones. For the past several weeks, Jones and Adesanya have been going back-and-forth with one another on social media. However, former 185-pound king Anderson Silva believes that “The Last Stylebender” crossed the line in disrespecting Jones. […]

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A highly-publicized beef has been brewing between current interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and light heavyweight king Jon Jones.

For the past several weeks, Jones and Adesanya have been going back-and-forth with one another on social media. However, former 185-pound king Anderson Silva believes that “The Last Stylebender” crossed the line in disrespecting Jones. He had this to say while speaking to media recently in Brazil (via MMA Junkie):

“The way I see it, as an athlete, he disrespected Jon Jones,” Silva said. “I think for the business, for (UFC President) Dana (White), it’s great. It’s great business for the UFC.

“Regardless of whether they fight or not, the UFC wins – and the fans. But there is a lack of respect. I think he crossed the line a bit.”

Silva and Jones were once the dominant fighters of their respective divisions. Unfortunately, before a fight between Jones and Silva could be made, Silva was dethroned by Chris Weidman from the top of the middleweight mountain.

Adesanya has since defeated Silva inside the Octagon and become interim middleweight champ. Both men had nothing but respect for one another after the fight, with Silva offering the Nigerian champ a bit of advice. He extended that advice today when speaking in Brazil:

“With time, he’ll learn how to deal with those things,” Silva said. “I think he has to respect everything Jon Jones has done. It’s two great fighters. In the future, who knows – they might fight. But I’m from a time when you have honor. You respect everyone’s space. And that’s my opinion.”

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