Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has every intention on proving himself the world’s best fighter at 185 pounds.
“I have a dream that I’m going after, and that’s to get that belt back,” Silva said during a media conference call Tuesday. “I’m going to do it. I’m going to try my best to get back there and get it done.”
Silva faces longtime Octagon middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping at the O2 Arena in London, England in what will be “The Spider’s” first appearance in over 12 months. The Brazilian legend last competed against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January 2015, defeating the former Strikeforce welterweight champion in a five-round unanimous decision
The victory would later be overturned and deemed a no contest, as test results revealed Silva tested positive for steroids before and after the contest. While Silva was adamant on his innocence — claiming the results stemmed from a tainted sexual enhancement drug — he was suspended 12 months and fined $380,000.
Prior to the failed tests, Silva had lost back-to-back contests to former champion Chris Weidman. But with all that in the past, Silva is focused on bringing the gold back to his home country.
“Definitely some things have definitely changed. Definitely I’ve had a change when I’ve looked at it, and I’ve definitely changed my mind,” Silva said. “I’m very motivated to come back and prove that I’m still one of the best and that I’m going to bring this belt back to Brazil. It’s just a matter of getting the opportunity to do that.”