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Monday, Apr 13, 2015

Report: Anderson Silva Hoping to Compete in 2016 Olympics

Anderson Silva

By FCF Staff

Although Anderson Silva is facing a lengthy suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, according to multiple reports, the UFC star is hoping to compete in the Taekwondo competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Silva, who is fifth level black belt in the martial art, was quoted saying the following on the official Brazilian Taekwondo Federation site (translation via MMA Fighting.com):

“Everybody knows that for a high-performance athlete, the Olympic Games is the dream of every athlete, and it wouldn’t be different with me,” Silva said. “When I was named the ambassador of the sport by president Carlos Fernandes, this Olympic spirit motivated me. It will be a great pleasure to be part of this golden team, which has a serious institution, commanded by president Carlos Fernandes, who honors us very much, along with his team. Therefore, I wish to represent taekwondo and Brazil in the Olympic Games in 2016. With all my esteem, strength and honor.”

It’s unclear if the UFC would want the 39 year-old fighter to compete in the games, or further, if Silva would be welcomed to the team, considering his current issues with the Nevada Commission.

In February it was announced that Silva has allegedly tested positive for several banned substances, including steroids, leading up to his UFC 183 fight with Nick Diaz. The former middleweight champ has denied knowingly using PEDs.

Silva is expected to meet with the commission in May to answer the allegations.

posted by FCF Staff @ 3:35 pm
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