Ex-UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva isn’t letting his woes with the Nevada State Athletic Commission get in the way of a competitive dream.
Silva is lobbying to represent Brazil in taekwondo at the 2016 Olympics despite multiple allegations of performance-enhancing drug use that could result in a formal suspension, fines and the overturning of his decision win against Nick Diaz at UFC 183.
The Brazilian Taekwondo Federation, which oversees the country’s Olympic presence in the sport, made public Silva’s request to compete in the 2016 games held in Rio de Janeiro.
“Everyone knows that for a high performance athlete, the Olympic games are the dream of every athlete, and so it would be no different with me,” wrote Silva, according to a federation press release (via Google translate). “When I won the title of ambassador of the sport by president Carlos Fernandes, this feeling started to get even stronger and, in my country, the Olympic spirit made me very motivated.
“It will be a great pleasure to be part of this team and that gold has a serious institution, led by president Carlos Fernandes … along with his entire team. So I leave here registered my desire to represent Taekwondo and Brazil in Rio 2016 Olympic Games with all my esteem, strength and honor.”
Silva’s request was confirmed to MMAjunkie by his co-manager, Jorge Guimaraes. According to the release, Fernandes “received the proposal with satisfaction” and will meet Silva this week “for a joint assessment of this magnificent opportunity.”
“Soon there will be news of developments (of) that meeting and there will be a public statement,” the release said.
Ex-champ Silva was appointed ambassador to the federation two months prior to his blockbuster rematch with Chael Sonnen at UFC 148. Before he was a famous MMA fighter, he studied taekwondo as a teen growing up in Sao Paulo.
Silva (34-6 MMA, 17-2 UFC) was knocked out by Chris Weidman in July 2013 at UFC 162 and broke his leg in a bid to regain the belt at UFC 168. After returning to the cage 13 months later against Diaz (26-10 MMA, 7-7 UFC), a pre-fight NSAC test came back positive for a pair of performance-enhancers. A subsequent fight-night test also came back positive for a pair of undisclosed benzodiazepines.
In a statement, Silva denied using any banned substances and said he would fight the NSAC’s findings. This past week, he was granted more time to respond to the commission’s complaint andlikely will have a formal hearing in May.
An email to the NSAC requesting comment on Silva’s request was not immediately returned.