UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva has spoken for the first time about the failed drugs test carried out by his past opponent, Chael Sonnen, explaining that the situation is “unsportsmanlike” and that he’s looking for the California State Athletic Commission to make an example out of the American.
Speaking via BloodyElbow.com, Silva said:
“Actually, when the news came out I… I didn’t notice [during the fight], I couldn’t tell [he was on something]. It’s sad for the sport, I think it was an unsportsmanlike attitude. But the commissions will take care of this and I hope this serves as an example to other athletes as well.”
On whether it was the toughest fight of his career:
“No, my toughest fight in my career was against Hayato Sakurai in Shooto, my second toughest fight in my career was against Rich Franklin, it was a difficult fight for me. He’s a smart fighter, he knows the correct moments to throw the strikes and where they are effective.”
On the middleweight division and where his future lies:
“There are many great fighters in my weight class, in my opinion, Nathan [Marquardt] will be the next champion in my weight class. Demian [Maia] is also working his way up and could become champion in this weight class. Palhares is also maturing a lot with his past few fights. But in my opinion, Nathan [Marquardt] will be the next champion in this weight class.”
“Last time I spoke to Dana, he told me that the only way I’d fight at LHW again is if I was to move to LHW permanently, only fighting there. So for me, those who saw [me fighting at LHW], saw me, those who didn’t won’t get another chance to see that anymore.”
Sonnen has been served with a one-year suspension by the commission but will get his day in the sun to appeal in December when it’s thought more details will finally emerge. As for Silva, he’ll square off with fellow Brazilian, Vitor Belfort around the turn of the year for the middleweight crown.