Nevertheless, his supportive family will respect his wishes to continue his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, despite the fact that he broke his leg in his last outing at UFC 168.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon when he takes on Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That's 184 days from now for all you eager beavers.
While the majority of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community is anxious to see "The Spider" back inside the Octagon, Silva's family, meanwhile, doesn't share the same excitement.
"To tell you the truth, they are not too happy. They respect my wish and now they are coping with it," revealed Silva during today's (Aug. 1, 2014) media conference call (full audio replay).
"I don't think anybody's family would like to see them going to war, and with mine, it wouldn't be different," he concluded.
While it's never easy to see a family member get punched in the face for a living, that disdain grows exponentially when you witness them break their leg in the horrific manner that Silva did at UFC 168 last December (see it here).
Something most, including Nick Diaz, can relate to.
But the risk of injury is not the only reason why the Silva household is wishing Anderson would have opted to call it a career.
After his second loss to Weidman, Silva's oldest son, Kalyl, told a Brazilian news outlet that he wanted his dad to walk away from the sport that takes him away from the family months at a time. That's the price Silva and Co. have to pay to partake in grueling training camps that take a toll on the ex-champ's 39-year-old body.
Compound that with a horrific injury, and you can see why his family would rather have their father and husband at home, safe and sound.
Still, despite the fact they won't be jumping for joy when he makes his return to the Octagon on Super Bowl Weekend, the Silvas, like a true tight-knit group, will respect his wish.