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Anderson Silva pessimistic on Rio 2016 Olympic taekwondo bid

Anderson Silva

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 06: Anderson Silva (right) faces off against Chris Weidman in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 162 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Who will be the biggest Brazilian star at the Rio 2016 Olympics? It could have been former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Two things stand in the way -- time and UFC president Dana White, Silva said ahead of UFC 168 on Saturday night.

“I’d really like to represent Brazil in taekwondo at the Olympics, but I don’t really have enough time to do everything I’d like to do,” Silva said, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, before glancing at White. “And I don’t think really that daddy wants it.”

White offered a big grin, according to the newspaper.

Silva will fight Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Saturday night in a rematch of their UFC 162 bout. Weidman ended Silva’s seven-year winning streak in July.

Silva is 38 years old and will be 41 come the 2016 Olympics. But Brazil does not have a strong taekwondo tradition. No Brazilian man is ranked in the top 25 in the world in any of his possible Olympic weight classes, making qualifying a little bit easier.

Silva started taekwondo at age 14 and is reportedly a fifth-degree black belt.

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