Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva continues to claim innocence regarding his failed UFC 183 drug tests in January, however regardless of what happens with the Nevada Athletic Commission, “The Spider” insists he will continue fighting for several more years.
Silva, who will have his NAC hearing in April, revealed on Thursday that the reason his originally scheduled NAC hearing was postponed was so that a lab could analyze everything he took for his treatment for a broken leg and his training camp leading into his UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz.
“I will be back next year,” said Silva. “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.”
And once he returns next year, he’s only getting started.
“That was an offer from Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta],” said Silva when asked about signing new multi-fight contract with the UFC. “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.”
“First of all, I have to earn it,” Silva said of potentially fighting for the UFC Middleweight 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.”