Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva tested positive for two anabolic steroids prior to his UFC 183 fight against Nick Diaz on Jan. 31 and failed his post-fight drug test. It was the 39-year-old’s comeback fight after suffering a broken leg at UFC 168 in December 2013.
Silva can’t explain what happened that led to the positive drug tests and says that the medication he was on while recovering from the broken leg and the supplements he was using are being analyzed. He’s currently suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission, but plans to return in 2016 and fight for five more years.
“I will be back next year,” Silva said during a Q&A session following a seminar in Rio de Janeiro. “We don’t know yet what’s going to happen because all the stuff I used during the treatment for my broken leg and my supplements were taken to the commission’s lab to be examined so we can find out what happened. I don’t know what happened. It was a surprise for me as well. Coming back next year was my plan anyway, so it’s normal.”
With seven fights remaining on his contract leading up to the Diaz fight, Silva inked a new 15-fight deal with the UFC in October and plans to fulfill it by being more active in the future.
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“That was an offer from Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta),” he said. “The only serious injury I had was on my leg now. I spoke with my team, we discussed everything and saw that it was possible. We’re training now focused on fighting for five more years. I already have my schedule for the next five years. If we can fight more, two or three times a year, it’s better.”
At his age it seems unlikely, but Silva isn’t ruling out the possibility of fighting for the title one more time before his career is over.
“First of all, I have to earn it,” Silva said about possibly fighting for the title again. “The fighters who are up there earned that spot, to fight for the UFC title, and I have to conquer my space in the division again. Step by step, starting from zero. I don’t know if I will have enough time for that, but if I have the opportunity to earn it, it’s possible.”