Anderson Silva Talks USADA Drug Test, Next UFC Fight: I Have My Legacy

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012, file photo, Brazil's Anderson Silva, right, throws a punch at Stephan Bonnar, of the United States, during their light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nevada fight regulators imposed the maximum penalty Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 on former UFC champion Silva for testing positive for steroid use in January, 2015. Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar said the 40-year-old Silva was suspended for one year, stripped of his January win over Nick Diaz and fined $380,000. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
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After being "vindicated," Anderson Silva is ready to put his past behind him and move on with his UFC career.

Silva recently received a one-year suspension, dating back to October 2017, after it was determined his positive drug test was due to contaminated substances. While he knows that he can't change people's opinions, he has already defined his legacy.

Now, he's just grateful that people now know the truth, via Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com:

"I feel that the most important thing was establishing the truth. The doubt about what really happened was bothering me the most. Some people kept asking me to talk, but I didn't say absolutely nothing because I wanted the truth to come out. I never needed any type of illegal substance to fight, I'm against that, and thank God the truth was established."

He originally tested positive for both methyltestosterone and a diuretic last October. He denied knowingly using banned substances from the start, but he still received an indefinite suspension.

The 43-year-old got clarity with the latest ruling.

When asked if he should be in the "Greatest of All-Time Conversation" following the recent development, he revealed he's not ready to weigh in on the topic: "I can’t talk about me, it's hard to talk about yourself. I have my history, my legacy, and will continue doing my job, and who knows, one day, when I stop fighting, I can give you a better answer."

Silva (34-8-0) noted that he still has three more fights left on his contract. Until they are complete, his resume as a whole is not complete, meaning things can still change. 

While fans may want to know who his next opponent may be, all he is focused on is getting back in the Octagon, via Cruz:

"Man, I'll just keep training, something I never stopped since this situation started, and wait. I have some fights left in my contract with the UFC. I don’t have any names, no one I would specifically like to fight. I’ll just keep training, stay in shape and wait to come back as fast as possible."

Silva's last fight came against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in February 2017.

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