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One more time? Chael Sonnen hints at trilogy fight against Anderson Silva

The suspended "American Gangster" appears to want a third fight with "The Spider."

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Anderson Silva certainly didn't help himself and his brand after a bumbling hearing with Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) earlier this week in which he suggested a tainted sexual enhancement supplement was responsible for his positive post-fight drug test results for steroids and ozazepam and temazepam following his UFC 183 pay-per-view (PPV) main event win over the mischievous Nick Diaz.

Read UFC's full statement on NAC's ruling here.

While the 40-year-old is now suspended one year from the date of his last mixed martial arts (MMA) bout, which was on Jan. 31, 2015, in "Sin City," it appears one former foe --  and suspended three-time UFC title challenger -- is game for another go-around with "The Spider."

Silva nemesis Chael Sonnen is in the midst of serving a two-year suspension -- also handed down by NAC for "The American Gangster's" multiple flunked pre-UFC 175 drug tests in July 2014 -- but recently sent out a cryptic tweet presumably aimed at the former pound-for-pound great, following the latter's hearing with NAC.

The 38-year-old last competed in MMA at UFC 167 in Nov. 2013, suffering a technical knockout loss at the hands of Rashad Evans. Silva, meanwhile, sees his unanimous-decision victory over the Stockton slugger overturned to a no-contest by NAC.

With both men barred from competing in a sanctioned MMA bout, they have each tried or flirted with the idea of performing in another sport -- Silva with Taekwondo and Sonnen with professional wrestling.

Silva will be eligible to return to combat prior to Sonnen's suspension being uplifted and with both fighter's track records not looking so hot as of late, it certainly is feasible to match the pair up one more time.

However, Sonnen is old news and is attempting to hold on to the fact he was the first fighter to push the Brazilian to the brink of defeat at UFC 117 five years ago. Some fighters and celebrities -- I'm looking at you Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone -- need to know when to hang them up.

And speaking of retirements, here's another man who just can't quite say no.

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