Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has decided to not move forward with his attempt at winning an Olympic bid for the 2016 Games in Rio. Some speculate that part of his reasoning for not going after the bid is due his current drug testing issues. Silva failed a drug test the night of UFC 183 when he faced Nick Diaz last January 31st. Silva was later suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission and is waiting for his hearing to happen. Silva tested positive for medication which is used to treat anxiety. His is currently waiting to hear the results of his hearing, which was reported to come out soon.
According to Kevin Seawright in this article, Silva’s manager Jorge Guimaraes stated that the pending hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission did not factor into his decision to forgo an Olympic bid in Taekwondo. Silva holds a black belt in Taekwondo and stated that he originally wanted to try to gain a spot on the Brazilian Olympic team and compete in his homeland. There has been not comment about why he has decided to not pursue a spot on the team. Manager Guimaraes, also stated that for now Silva is just waiting to find out if there’s going to be a punishment for the failed drug tests but that it is life as usual and Silva continues to train. Depending on the punishment, which could be continued suspension, it may be awhile before The Spider gets back into the ring.