“[Antonio] Rodrigo [Nogueira] and [Antonio] Rogerio [Nogueira] will get here today and will replace me. The trainers will continue here. The only thing that will change is that I am leaving. You can’t let anything interfere in your dream,” he continued. “Stay focused. Remember everything you’ve been through to get here. Don’t let any of this affect you.”
It was at this point that fans saw a softer side of “The Spider,” as the future UFC Hall Of Famer became emotional as he wrapped up his speech.
The new coach of Silva’s team, fellow Brazilian MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, then began his best attempt to rally the troops, declaring that each and every fight they compete in during the remainder of the season will be dedicated to Silva.
“We really feel with all this, but I’m sure that you will all do your best to win a contract with the UFC,” Nogueira told the fighters. “We are the best in the world alongside with the Americans. Our team will honor and dedicate every fight to our champion Anderson Silva.”
As he exited the TUF gym, an emotional Silva said he would stay with his family and take care of his personal projects.
“Everything will be cleared,” he said.
To watch the video footage of Anderson Silva first finding out that he failed his UFC 183 pre-fight drug test, click here.