In some ways, it’s admirable that UFC legend Anderson Silva’s still has the desire to continue competing at the age of 42, but at the same time, it has gotten to the stage that it feels like we’re watching a car crash in slow motion.
Things just haven’t been the same for Silva since his back-to-back losses against Chris Weidman in 2013, which saw him being rendered unconscious for the first time in his career and then suffer a horrifying broken leg in the rematch.
At that stage, retirement looked on the cards, but the proud Brazilian’s determination to make a comeback against Nick Diaz in a winning effort at UFC 183 a year later blew up in his face when he tested positive for steroids and was suspended for 12 months.
Another comeback led to another calamity in the form of an upset defeat against Michael Bisping in early 2016, followed by being manhandled by Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 on just a few days notice.
Admittedly Silva did claim a win over Derek Brunson this year, but the unanimous decision verdict was highly dubious and has now been completely overshadowed by the news that he’s failed another drug test.
It remains to be seen how serious his punishment will be, but whatever happens, it has become deeply unpleasant to watch one of the sports greatest ever fighters continue to tarnish his once spotless reputation like this.