“Oh, yeah, he told me he wants to still fight,” Dana White told the Los Angeles Times shortly after his announcement on ESPN in regards to Anderson Silva.
The former middleweight champion broke both his tibia and fibula when a leg kick thrown at opponent Chris Weidman was checked.
White was on the network to break news about a main event change to the UFC 169 card as Dominick Cruz was injured once again and forced to vacate his title. His replacement will be Urijah Faber who gets a shot at both redemption and the elusive UFC championship when he takes on Renan Barao.
For Silva, he still has 8 fights left on his current contract but at 38-years-old, some speculated if it’s worth it for a man widely regarded as the greatest fighter of all time, to risk his health in the hopes of a successful comeback.
Silva’s manager recently told TMZ Sports that he was sure that Silva would return and said that he had already started physical therapy after a second X-ray came back with positive results. Silva’s nerves were undamaged and the bone had seemingly set in to place to begin the healing process. Still, Silva’s operating doctor said that he could be out for up to nine months before even light training is permitted.
Another bright sign of things to come from Silva’s camp was his trainer, Pedro Rizzo who said that Silva had told him he would be back. Silva also recently posted a photo on his official instagram of what appeared to be a physical therapy session in progress as he propped his leg (now fully enveloped in a cast) on a styrofoam beam.
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