UFC President Dana White was as much in shock over Anderson’s Silva’s leg break Saturday night as anyone.
“It’s just one of those crazy things,” White said of the injury. “This will be a tough thing for him to come back from at his age.”
Silva was rushed to the hospital after his TKO loss to Chris Weidman and UFC 168. The end of the fight marked a sad end for a fighter who reigned as king of the UFC’s middleweight division and who was once widely regarded as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
“Anderson Silva has been amazing,” White said. “He is one of the greatest of all time, if not the best ever. It’s a sh@&%y way to go out, but it’s part of the game.”
White said he did not speak to Silva before he headed to the hospital Saturday night.
“I stayed away from him so he could get the medical attention he deserves,” White said. “He’s gonna be out for awhile after this. He’s an incredible human being. He’s done amazing things in the UFC. Maybe he will make a comeback. Who knows.”
Even though he was not in his home country of Brazil, Silva was wildly cheered in Las Vegas Saturday night. A large contingent of Brazilian fans made the trip in hopes of watching the former champion make a triumphant return to the UFC after losing his title in July to Weidman.
“There’s nothing worse than breaking your leg like that,” White said. “It’s a bad night. It’s not the way you want to see a guy go out, but it happens.”
It is unclear whether Silva will return to MMA or if he will go through with his planned fight against legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr.