Prior to UFC 183, Anderson Silva spoke a lot about his legacy as a fighter - the aftermath of his career as a professional mixed martial artist. Now, in less than a week, Silva went from being the Greatest of All Time in the eyes of many, to a seemingly disappointing PED abuser.
It was a drastic transformation to undergo in a week's time. Just last Wednesday, Silva was surrounded by journalists eager to discuss the positives in his career, and how he could better his legacy.
Silva spoke about how he wanted to use teaching as a method to impart his fighting knowledge on young aspiring combatants, and how that would help further his legacy in the future.
"I like to pass my techniques to all people because this is for my legacy," Silva said happily at the UFC 183 media day. "When I go teaching, I love. It absolutely (helps my legacy)."
Silva was proud of his role as an inspiration for ambitious fighters looking to dethrone him. Building new champions was one of his many legacy plans.
"When I go see my friends, my students, and my sons; when I go to see the guys coming to fight in the UFC, they look at me. Even Chirs Weidman, he look at me and he says that ‘one day, I'll be the new champion.' This is part of my legacy."
Given the recent turn of events, Silva will now have to reevaluate his legacy, as well as how he may be viewed by those fighters who once looked up to him. The former champion tested positive for drostanolone and androstane, both of which are banned substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Could this leave him with an irreparably tarnished legacy?