For seven years, Anderson Silva ruled UFC with ten consecutive title defences and now he has set his eyes to become the UFC champion again.
Silva who is set to face Michael Bisping on Feb 27 in London next year had a great run as the UFC middleweight champion of the world but that was before he lost to Chris Weidman in 2013 in a shocking knock out. He then had to sideline himself from the games after his leg was shattered in the second round of the rematch and the fight had to be stopped.
But now, the 40 year old Brazilian is back to claim his throne and has vowed to bring the belt back to Brazil.
Speaking about his dream, Silva during his media conference call on Tuesday said: “I have a dream that I’m going after and that’s to get that belt back. I’m going to do it. I’m going to try my best to get back there and get it done,” reports Fox Sports.
Looks like Silva is all set to beat Bisping and then reclaim his former middleweight belt following Weidman’s recent title fight loss to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194.
“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. 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,” Silva said in the conference according to the Fox Sports report.
“It’s just a matter of getting the opportunity to do that.”
Silva failed a drug test in his last fight with Nate Diaz and Michael Bisping left no stone unturned to taunt Silva about it in his twitter post.
“I don’t feel that I have to prove anything to anyone as far as what I’ve done in fighting,” Silva says in response to his failed drug test.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, eight years old I’ve been training. I don’t feel I have any sort of redemption. I feel I’m coming back because I’m very motivated. I’m motivated to follow my dream.”
“People that want to talk can talk. Even a parrot talks. People are always going to have their thoughts on what they’re going to say. If I was to be worried about what everyone has to say all the time, I’d be screwed. I’m not worried about it. I’m just focused on doing my job and going out there and performing.”
Silva also added that he is prepared to fight anyone as per the report. “I’m prepared to fight whoever the UFC puts in front of me. My motivation is that a lot of people have counted me out and I believe and I’ve always believed that I can do things that people think are impossible,” Silva said.
“A lot of people think it’s crazy, a lot of people think it’s impossible so with all those people thinking that, that’s what’s motivating me to prove them wrong and follow my dream.”