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Anderson Silva wants to fight in Brazil upon return

Anderson Silva wants to fight in Brazil upon return

November 8, 2015

SAO PAULO – The UFC’s point man in Brazil believes ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva has a hankering to fight again on home soil.

“There’s nothing set,” Giovani Decker, general manager of the UFC’s Brazil office, said at the post-event press conference for UFC Fight Night 77 on Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I think it’s another wish of Anderson’s to fight in Brazil; I think every fighter has that wish.”

Decker, who wasn’t exactly thrilled to be answering questions about Silva following an event headlined by Vitor Belfort, said one impression he’s gotten since joining the UFC’s Brazil office seven months ago is that fighters have more desire to compete in the country than perhaps before.

“We’ve been able to change the way that the fighters are dealing with Brazil,” he said. “There’s great synergy here with the fighters. I think it’s a desire that (Silva) has got, more than anything is defined and anything is set.”

Silva, 40, remains under suspension after his most recent fight, a comeback decision over Nick Diaz at January’s UFC 183, revealed the presence of multiple banned substances. After presenting a bizarre defense to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he was suspended one year and fined $380,000 in addition to having his win overturned.

More significant, however, was the damage to his public image, though he is likely to remain a huge draw in his native Brazil for as long as he competes.

The last time Silva set foot in Brazil, he railroaded UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar in a 2012 headliner fought at light heavyweight. He went on to lose back-to-back bouts against current champ Chris Weidman.

Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) hasn’t said much about his suspension, but he’s been active on social media. Recently, he teased a possible fight with Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) for next year, but Bisping shot down the idea. Meanwhile, it’s unclear what the UFC’s flagship Las Vegas office has in mind.

But if Decker is right, Silva will be heading south for his return.

Source: MMAJunkie