MMA legend Anderson Silva has had a rough couple of years.
After back-to-back losses to Chris Weidman, one of which ended with a gruesome leg injury, he returned with an unimpressive decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January. However, it was later revealed that he had tested positive for steroids… and it was declared a no contest, though he denies taking any PEDs.
While the once invincible UFC star seems to be at the end of his career, the 39-year-old doesn’t think so. In fact, he plans to fight for five more years… when he’ll be 44 years of age.
During a Q&A in Brazil recently, Silva discussed his future in the sport, revealing his plan to keep fighting.
“The only serious injury I had was on my leg now,” he said. “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.”
Silva signed a 15-fight deal with the UFC last fall, so if he can fight three times a year over the next five year, he’s fulfill his contractual obligations… and likely retire after, if he doesn’t before then.
He’s due in court for a hearing over the failed drug tests in April, to see if it stands.
If the suspension is upheld, he promises to return to the octagon in 2016.