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Many have speculated that former UFC middleweight champion and MMA legend Anderson Silva could be done in the fighting world and, frankly, that viewpoint had some obvious value. Silva has been suspended in the aftermath of a positive drug test in 2017 and that hiccup cost him the chance to battle against Kelvin Gastelum back in November. As a result of that, he could even be in the mix for a more lengthy absence and, given his age at 42, it wouldn’t be crazy to think he would not fight again.

Still, Silva took to Instagram over the weekend in an effort to dispel that buzz, indicating that “it’s not over yet” when it comes to his chosen profession.

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Quando olho esta foto, percebo o quanto Deus me fortalece sempre me dando luz na minha caminhada. Em uma longa viagem, lembranças fantásticas do tempo em que brincava nas ruas do bairro onde cresci em Curitiba. Tudo que passei, tudo que consegui construir com força de vontade, com determinação e muita honra. Tive o previlégio de colocar o brasão do meu time do coração, de uma certa forma, dar um título mundial pra ele e principalmente, pro meu povo. Só tenho a agradecer a todos vocês por tudo, digo de coração, amo vocês todos que sempre estão me dando forças. Beijo! Amo vocês de verdade, força e honra a todos, independente de time, cor, raça, religião e opção sexual, somos todos irmãos. Obrigado meu povo! Podem ter certeza que ainda não acabou. Meu amor e minha paixão pela luta estão aqui, firmes e fortes. A luta continua, vou parar quando DEUS achar que não dá mais. Então quem é meu fã, pode ter certeza, que logo estou de volta, pra alegria dos que torcem por mim e pra tristeza dos que não kkkkkk beijo . When I look at this photo, I realize how much God strengthens me by always giving me light in my walk. On a long trip, fantastic memories of the time I played in the streets of the neighborhood where I grew up in Curitiba. Everything I've been through, everything I've built with willpower, determination and great honor. I had the privilege of putting the coat of my heart team, in a way, to give a world title to him and especially to my people. I just have to thank you all for everything, I say from my heart, I love you all who are always giving me strength. Kiss! I really love you, strength and honor to all, regardless of team, color, race, religion and sexual choice, we are all brothers. Thank you, my people! You can be sure it's not over yet. My love and my passion for the fight are here, firm and strong. The fight continues, I will stop when GOD thinks I can not do it anymore. So who is my fan, can be sure, that soon I'm back, to the joy of those who cheer for me and to the sadness of those who don’t kkkkkk kiss

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Silva’s most recent suspension was not his first, as he had a positive test for steroids following his last bout against Nick Diaz. As a repeat offender, he could come under the microscope for a multi-year absence and that places things in real peril.

In the same breath, it would be on-brand for a competitor at this level to fight until every door is closed and, for Silva, that simply isn’t the case yet. It may seem far-fetched that he would become a top contender again, but the veteran isn’t yet ready to hang it up.

Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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