Silva hoping to compete at 2016 Olympics

However, the former UFC middleweight champion is currently suspended after failing a drug test in January. 

But, the 40-year-old, who is a fifth degree black belt in taekwondo, wrote an emotional letter to Carlos Fernandes, who is the President of the Sport’s National Federation, with the hopes of being included in the Brazilian squad for the Olympics. 

"Everybody knows that for a high-performance athlete, the Olympic Games is the dream of every athlete, and it wouldn't be different with me," Silva wrote. "It will be a great pleasure to be part of this golden team, which has a serious institution, commanded by President Carlos Fernandes, who honours us very much, along with his team.

"Therefore, I wish to represent taekwondo and Brazil in the Olympic Games in 2016. With all my esteem, strength and honour."

The Brazilian Taekwondo Federation has already expressed their interest in including Silva on their roster, but will discuss whether they can do so with officials next week.