Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Wanderlei Silva is back with yet another video, but instead of lambasting UFC brass or announcing his retirement, the former PRIDE champion is voicing his support for the former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva following "The Spider's" failed UFC 183 drug tests for performance enhancing drugs (PED).
How can we explain the unexplainable? We have to understand this fighter's legacy will never be changed and can never be touched. Anderson is the man. He became the man. He is our modern Bruce Lee. We have to understand that all geniuses have a crazy side to them. That is the way he is. It will please some and not please others, but it's his ingeniousness. We must recognize that. No matter what happened, we can't question his talent. We've all seen it with our own eyes. I trained with him for years and he is exceptional, he really can do amazing things. So I am here to support the athlete. Always. Anderson you are our champion. Congratulations for all that you have achieved. You elevated MMA worldwide. You made MMA what it is in Brazil today. All of us MMA fighters must thank you for your brilliance. For the path you walked to give all the athletes a better status. Congratulations to you. God bless. And everything will pass. You will come back, just like you already did, in a surprising fashion. I was very happy to see you win. God will bless you again and time moves on. Who knows what will happen once this storm passes? I'll never doubt Anderson Silva. This will pass and he can come back to kick some butts and get that belt back. Who knows?
Wanderlei is the latest in a string of mixed martial arts (MMA) stars to give their thoughts on Silva's failed drug tests, but seemingly the only one vouching for "The Spider" to return and regain his belt once his impending suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is over.
Among the other athletes to give their thoughts on Anderson's test failures were Ronda Rousey noting she was "heartbroken," Fabricio Werdum hoping to see Silva "keep his word and retire," and Robbie Lawler indicating the failed test is a "black eye for the sport."
"The Spider" himself has continued to deny ever using PED's and hopes to be exonerated during due process, but it is unlikely the former middleweight champion will be returning to the Octagon anytime soon.