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Dana White Says Anderson Silva ‘Will Be Fighting by the End of the Year’

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When Anderson Silva broke his leg against Chris Weidman last December he was given an optimistic three-to-six month recovery timetable. Given the intensity of the injury and necessary training time, chances of ‘The Spider’ returning to the Octagon this year seem bleak with a 2015 comeback more plausible.

On Monday’s edition of ESPN2’s SportsNation, UFC President Dana White reinforced his belief that Silva will return this year. “What’s crazy about that injury is that [Silva] will be walking without crutches in a few weeks. He will be training in less than six months and he will be fighting by the end of the year,” White said.

When asked about Silva-Weidman rematch, White said that Silva must fully healed before considering a third meeting. Convincing Weidman will be a problem as the UFC Middleweight Champion has stated that he’s done fighting Silva.

One reason for the quick return, White says, is that Silva’s injury could have been a lot worse. “So, if you blow your ACL out, you’re out for a year and three months. You break your leg in half, you’re back before the end of the year. It’s a broken bone,” White said.

With boxing aspirations in mind, Silva and White have differing ideas on who the MMA legend’s first opponent will be. Silva and former WBA Heavyweight Champion Roy Jones Jr. have shown mutual interest in a boxing match and Jones Jr. even took a match in Russia solely to prepare for Silva. White, however, continually sidesteps questions about the fantasy matchup, or a rematch with Weidman.

“The reality is, he’s got to come back first,” White said. “Let him start training and see what happens, and then we’ll go from there.”

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