Update: Anderson Silva Starts Training for Olympic Bid

Fightland Blog

By Fightland Staff

23 years away from Taekwondo, Anderson Silva has confirmed that he will be officially trying out for the 2106 Rio de Janeiro Brazilian Olympic squad as a heavyweight. Anderson’s main competition for the spot—which is one of four on top of the guaranteed four for the hose nation—is Guiherme Felix. Initially, Felix scoffed at the prospect of having Anderson Silva try out for the Olympics. Eventually, he wished Anderson luck.

Anderson has been training, and maintains a positive outlook on the opportunity: “I can’t be pessimistic nor can I think that I can just beat athletes who’ve had Olympic experience for a while. So I’m going to work, calmly, I’m going to do my part,” Spider said in a press conference in Brazil this week. “What’s motivating me is the challenge to be able to make a difference and motivate other people to do what they have in mind. As long as it’s for good.”


The Brazilian Taekwondo federation will push Anderson Silva to gain some experience, the champion mixed martial arts fighter confirms that he needs to prepare to do so.

“I think that I’ll compete in 2015. I need to get ready. People can wait because I’m going to get ready to compete and do it properly, in a cool way. I train every day, now I need to train more specifically. Sleep with the racquets, awake with the racquets. Some eight hours of training a day so I can get some rhythm going."


Check out these related stories:

Anderson Meets Opposition from Brazilian Taekwondo Star, Remains Humble

Anderson Silva Eyes Taekwondo Gold at Rio 2016 Summer Olympics