That damage was reported to be a broken tibia and fibula which was made quite evident in the replay of the injury.
Although I was not on the official conference call, information from it is credited to Damon Martin of UFC.com through his official Twitter account. (@DamonMartin).
Official word on his recovery timeframe had yet to be released until the primary doctor who operated on Silva was featured in a conference call earlier today.
In that call, Dr. Steven Sanders detailed the injury, the damage and a perspective return date for the former champion.
Dr. Sanders referred to the injury as ‘fairly severe’ although with the proper treatment he believed that Silva would be able to make a full recovery. The treatment in this case was a steel rod that was placed in the tibia to stabilize the bones healing process while the fibula would have required an incision in to a bone that will be able to heal itself.
Silva was reported to have been incessant in asking Sanders when he could return to training, “when can I train?” Silva said before his operation. Sanders said that he believes from an orthopedic perspective that Silva could train in 6-9 months if he were to make a guess.
The problem with a potential return to action for Silva is the possibility of the rod in his leg being a permanent fixture as removing it isn’t required and may in fact have to stay to assure stability in the leg.
A big factor in Silva’s return was said to be the age of Silva who at 38-years-old has nothing to prove besides beating the man who took his belt which hasn’t been fortuitous in two attempts. While his age is said not to impact either the injury’s likelihood or the recovery time, perhaps it will mean Silva opting out of a return to enjoy life outside the Octagon similar to former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
A return for Silva isn’t an impossibility and watching him fight in a non-title fight would be surreal but the former champion was never one to shy away from a challenge and perhaps could make this return from injury fight within itself.
As with any injury sustained in professional sport, SciFighting.com extends its thoughts to Silva and hope only for a safe and speedy recovery to leave Silva at liberty to choose whatever path he desires for his career.