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Anderson Silva Thanks Fans for Their Support on Instagram

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Following his freak injury in his rematch against UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (11-0) at UFC 168, Anderson Silva (33-6) expressed gratitude to his fans via Instagram and assured them he was doing well.

The original post was in Portuguese, so here’s the translation from Bloody Elbow:

I want to thank all my fans and friends for their support and caring messages, I’m fine now and I need to be with my family, a good rest with my children andwife will help me in recovery. Thanks Brazil.

“The Spider” also posted a past photo of him and his family laughing together:

Photo via Instagram/spiderandersonsilva
Photo via Instagram/spiderandersonsilva

Silva’s rematch against the “All-American” got off to a rough start. Weidman hurt him badly with some dirty boxing from the clinch and sent him to the canvas with a hard right hook to the head. The rest of the round consisted of Silva in survival mode while Weidman effectively ground-and-pounded the former champ with short punches and elbows.

When the second round started, Silva seemed tentative to strike, but began finding his rhythm as the round continued. Then it happened. A little over one minute into the second round, Weidman checked an inside leg kick thrown by silva and the former champ’s left shin turned into rubber. As he backed away, he stepped on it and it just flopped inwards. It was undoubtedly one of the most grotesque sights ever to be witnessed in mixed martial arts history.

At thirty-eight years old, it’s very possible that this was Silva’s final fight. He was immediately operated on by a UFC doctor and his estimated recovery time is three to six months.