Maybe you missed it, but Anderson Silva’s disciplinary hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission got pushed back until May. Rumor has it he’s going to come clean when he does finally appear. And considering that he will most likely be suspended for up to a year and a half, you might say that Silva and his team are looking for the perfect exit strategy following the unexpected, unprecedented and shocking discovery of performance-enhancing drugs in Spider Silva around the time of UFC 183, when he faced Nick Diaz and won via unanimous decision at Las Vegas' legendary MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Anderson’s got options. For starters, he could pursue acting full-time like he often talks about. The end of an MMA career wouldn’t mean the end of the life he’s grown accustomed to over the years. Have you ever thought about Anderson Silva competing in the Olympics? He certainly has. A 3rd-degree black-belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, a black prajied in muay thai, and a black-belt in judo, Anderson is also a 5th dan black-belt in Taekwondo.
According to the Federação Paranaense de Taekwondo (Taekwondo Federation of Paraná)—Anderson’s home state of Paraná’s Taekwondo governing body—the Spider, who was named the state’s ambassador of Taekwondo in 2013, sent an official letter to the president of the Brazilian Confederation of Taekwondo expressing that he intends on competing in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Anderson, who got his start as a career-fighter in Taekwondo, wrote to the Confederation’s president about his intents of representing Brazil in the sport for which he is “truly passionate”:
[Translated] Everyone knows that for a high-performance athlete, the Olympic Games are the highest dream, and I’m no different. When President Carlos Fernandes named me ambassador of the sport, that feeling became even stronger and, with the games being in my country, that Olympic spirit left me very motivated. It will be an immense pleasure to be part of this golden team, which has a serious institution, commanded by President Carlos Fernandes who honors us, along with his whole team. In this manner, I leave here my wishes to represent Taekwondo and Brazil in the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. With all my esteem, strength and honor.
According to Paraná’s Taekwondo Federation, Carlos Fernandes received the proposal well, and despite not having made any public statements, he will meet with Anderson in person this week to discuss this possibility.
Taekwondo is an Olympic sport since 2000, and Brazil has one medal in the discipline, achieved in China in 2008, by Natalia Falavigna. Brazil has four guaranteed places in the Taekwondo competition because it is host country, with a possible additional four if fighters qualify in the rankings.
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