Updated 09:51 PM EST, Sat, Feb 27, 2021

Anderson Silva Suspension Updates: 'The Spider' Vows to Fight Next Year

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Following his suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission from the UFC, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva vowed that he will come back next year and expressed his intention to fight for five more years.

Still denying that he used the two anabolic steroids which he tested positive from in drug tests conducted before his fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31, Silva recently announced his planned return in 2016.

"I will be back next year. We don't know yet what's going to happen because all the stuff I used during the treatment for my broken leg and my supplements were taken to the commission's lab to be examined so we can find out what happened. I don't know what happened. It was a surprise for me as well. Coming back next year was my plan anyway, so it's normal," the MMA fighter said in a Yahoo! Sports report.

He noted that the supplements he took during his recovery from the leg break injury he suffered in December 2013 are all being analyzed.

With this being considered, Fox Sports said the fighter seems to be sticking to his story of taking a lot of supplements "without really understanding what they were."

The same report discussed that despite his reasons, past athletic commissions have not become lenient to MMA fighters tested positive for steroids and other illegal performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) just because of "ignorance."

Silva clearly appears serious on another comeback after his injury and the alleged steroid use as he promised his fans that he will "fight more often."

Yahoo! Sports said "The Spider" has seven remaining fights on his contract "leading up to the Diaz fight" and that he has signed a new 15-fight deal with the UFC set to begin this October. The report added that Silva is bent on fulfilling all his obligations under the contracts.

"That was an offer from Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta). The only serious injury I had was on my leg now. 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," he explained in the Yahoo! Sports report.

He also said there is always the possibility of fighting for the title again despite his age. "First of all, I have to earn it. The fighters who are up there earned that spot, to fight for the UFC title, and I have to conquer my space in the division again. Step by step, starting from zero. I don't know if I will have enough time for that, but if I have the opportunity to earn it, it's possible," he added.

The recent blow on his career does not seem to discourage Silva from fighting again and proving that he is a fighter who can stand up again and fight stronger.

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