UFC star Anderson Silva turns his sights toward Olympics

Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz
Anderson Silva, left, kicks Nick Diaz during their middleweight bout at UFC 183 in January.
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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.

“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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