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Anderson Silva: There may be a chance to fight for the UFC title again

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, has no idea if or when he will return to mixed martial arts (MMA), thanks to last summer’s provisional suspension handed down by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

More on that fiasco here.

But that doesn’t mean “The Spider” (34-8, 1 NC) is out of the middleweight title chase, despite a horrendous 1-4 record (1 NC) over the past five years, which includes a pair of failed drug tests and a gruesome leg injury.

“I’m happy with everything that I’ve conquered,” Silva told Globo Esporte (via Bloody Elbow). “Nothing is forever. I still have my UFC contract and I’m very happy with it. Only time will tell what’s next. I’m feeling well, I train everyday, I’m a healthy guy. Waiting is all there is to it. I’m still alive in the division and there may be a chance to fight for the title again.”

The Brazilian turns 43 in April.

Silva was at one point considered the greatest UFC fighter of all time, thanks to a reign of championship terror that spanned nearly seven years. His last performance returned a unanimous decision win over Derek Brunson in a fight that was not without controversy.

Where “The Spider” goes from here, remains to be seen.