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Anderson Silva bails on Olympics, awaits punishment for failed UFC drug test

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Shocker! (not really)

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva has abandoned his unpopular bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, a pipe dream that we can file next to the oft-teased but never realized "super fight" against Roy Jones Jr.

"This Olympic thing has been discarded, Anderson won't participate in the Olympics," Silva's manager, Jorge Guimaraes, told PVT (via MMA Fighting). "He's now waiting for the athletic commission's verdict, which should come soon. We are waiting, we'll see if there's going to be a punishment and how long it will be. He's training, Anderson never stops training. He's staying active."

That saves him the trouble of getting embarrassed. Well, at least when it comes to taekwondo.

Silva is temporarily suspended from mixed martial arts (MMA) after failing multiple drug tests in the wake of his comeback fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 earlier this year (more on that here). "The Spider" continues to have his disciplinary hearing postponed, but eventually he's going to have to face the music.

The end result could be a hefty fine and suspension, but on the bright side, it could have been much, much worse.

See you in 2016?

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