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UFC star Anderson Silva turns his sights toward Olympics

UFC star Anderson Silva turns his sights toward Olympics
Anderson Silva, left, kicks Nick Diaz during their middleweight bout at UFC 183 in January. (Steve Marcus / Getty Images)

In the midst of a suspension for two failed drug tests, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is considering a career change.

The MMA star wants to compete in tae kwon do at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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"Everyone knows that for a high-performance athlete, the Olympic Games are the dream of every athlete and so it would be no different with me," he wrote in a letter that appears on the website for Brazil's tae kwon do federation.

Silva -- known as "the Spider" -- has a background of extensive tae kwon do training. The Nevada Athletic Commission placed him under temporary suspension for failing drug tests before and after a fight with Nick Diaz in January.

Carlos Fernandes, president of the Brazilian Confederation of Taekwondo, said he will meet with Silva this week "for a joint assessment of this magnificent opportunity."

 
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