Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva was notified by USADA about a potential violation a few months back, which caused the fighter to be pulled from a main event bout against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night Shanghai.
USADA has yet to issue a punishment to Silva, who has failed a drug test once before in the UFC, but that was during the pre-USADA era.
No matter what kind of potential punishment the former champion receives, one thing the Brazilian wants to ensure the fans is that his career will not end just yet.
Silva shared those thoughts recently on Instagram:
Quando olho esta foto, percebo o quanto Deus me fortalece sempre me dando luz na minha caminhada. Em uma longa viagem, lembranças fantásticas do tempo em que brincava nas ruas do bairro onde cresci em Curitiba. Tudo que passei, tudo que consegui construir com força de vontade, com determinação e muita honra. Tive o previlégio de colocar o brasão do meu time do coração, de uma certa forma, dar um título mundial pra ele e principalmente, pro meu povo. Só tenho a agradecer a todos vocês por tudo, digo de coração, amo vocês todos que sempre estão me dando forças. Beijo! Amo vocês de verdade, força e honra a todos, independente de time, cor, raça, religião e opção sexual, somos todos irmãos. Obrigado meu povo! Podem ter certeza que ainda não acabou. Meu amor e minha paixão pela luta estão aqui, firmes e fortes. A luta continua, vou parar quando DEUS achar que não dá mais. Então quem é meu fã, pode ter certeza, que logo estou de volta, pra alegria dos que torcem por mim e pra tristeza dos que não kkkkkk beijo . When I look at this photo, I realize how much God strengthens me by always giving me light in my walk. On a long trip, fantastic memories of the time I played in the streets of the neighborhood where I grew up in Curitiba. Everything I've been through, everything I've built with willpower, determination and great honor. I had the privilege of putting the coat of my heart team, in a way, to give a world title to him and especially to my people. I just have to thank you all for everything, I say from my heart, I love you all who are always giving me strength. Kiss! I really love you, strength and honor to all, regardless of team, color, race, religion and sexual choice, we are all brothers. Thank you, my people! You can be sure it's not over yet. My love and my passion for the fight are here, firm and strong. The fight continues, I will stop when GOD thinks I can not do it anymore. So who is my fan, can be sure, that soon I'm back, to the joy of those who cheer for me and to the sadness of those who don’t kkkkkk kiss
The former middleweight champion has had a rough run in the UFC as of late, only winning one of his last six in the promotion. That lone win came over Derek Brunson at UFC 208, while the losses came to Chris Weidman (twice), Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier, plus he fought Nick Diaz to a no contest at UFC 183.
If USADA gives Silva the full punishment for a second failed drug test (assuming they are counting the non-USADA failed drug test at UFC 183), fans may not see the Brazilian back in action until 2021.