UFC President Says Anderson Silva Back Fighting by Year’s End, Non-Committal on Trilogy


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Anderson Silva

As gruesome and grizzly as Anderson Silva’s broken leg looked in his fight with Chris Weidman at UFC 168, as harrowing as the raw footage of the incident was in UFC president Dana White’s recent video blog, the former UFC middleweight champion simply suffered a broken bone that will heal.

And White says that the prognosis is that it will heal and Silva could be back in the Octagon by the end of 2014.

“What’s crazy about that injury is he 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 on Monday’s edition of SportsNation on ESPN2.

“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.”

His comments were directly in line with those of Silva’s manager, Jorge Guimaraes, who recently told MMAWeekly.com, “He’s sitting back right now. The guy is just thinking about other things, spending some time with his family here in Los Angeles. He feels good though.

“It’s gonna be a lot of physical therapy, but he’s in the right place. It might take a year, but I think no later than one year, he’ll be back.”

So does that mean if Weidman still holds the middleweight belt upon Silva’s return that a trilogy would be in order?

After all, Silva got knocked out in his first fight with Weidman and then suffered the devastating injury in the rematch. Generally, a trilogy isn’t immediately built when one fighter loses back-to-back fights to the other.

It’s unlikely that Silva would get another immediate shot at the title when he returns, and to be fair, he hasn’t asked for anything. As of right now, Silva has been focused on healing and spending time with his family.

White wouldn’t commit one way or the other, either, but sounded less than committed to the idea of Silva just jumping feet first back into the fire.

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

view original article >>

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 139 views

LAS VEGAS -- UFC president Dana White discusses job opportunities in the UFC, Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, Joe Rogan's fighting future, Gina Carano, Georges St-Pierre, and much more Friday evening at the UFC Fan Expo. more

  • 2 days ago
  • 72 views

Appearing on ESPN's SportsCenter, UFC president Dana White officially announced the anticipated bout between former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. SportsCenter anchor Max Bretos leaked the news on Twitter shortly before White appeared on camera: Dana White announcing on @SportsCenter Anderson Silva will be back in #UFC Octagon. He will face Nick Diaz January 31st. Boom.
— Max Bretos (@mbretosESPN) July 29, 2014 After taping the se more

  • a day ago
  • 62 views

UFC President Dana White revealed that Anderson Silva is “chomping at the bit” to return to the octagon and that Nick Diaz could potentially fight for a title with a win over the division’s former kingpin. more

  • 13 days ago
  • 25 views

UFC President Dana White says he and Lorenzo Fertitta are willing to do whatever it takes to get Gina Carano into the UFC and straight into a title shot against women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. more

  • 26 days ago
  • 183 views

LAS VEGAS - UFC president Dana White held his annual Fan Expo question-and-answer session with the fans on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. As usual, the event was a mix of the serious, the less serious, and the absurd, ranging from detailed questions about the company's business to painful-to-watch attempts at business pitches.
One thing the UFC boss did indicate, however, is that he could very well by on the same wavelength as the fans who want the much-discussed potential Ander more

  • 16 days ago
  • 29 views

ATLANTIC CITY – Just three short years ago, UFC President Dana White infamously claimed women would “never” fight in his promotion’s famed octagon. Now, Claudia Gadelha and Tina Lahdemaki kick off the UFC’s second female division.Filed under: (...) more

  • 13 days ago
  • 99 views

With the UFC back in Dublin for its first time in five years, UFC President Dana White wanted to make sure that the fans felt welcome. White offered fans a free drink via Twitter, and it looks like his bill could be pretty pricey, judging from the subsequent tweets. Note to self: Offering drinks to an entire Dublin bar may not be the best idea for the wallet. [Twitter]Read more MMA news on BleacherReport.com more

  • 7 days ago
  • 28 views

Last week, UFC president Dana White hinted that significant news about the potential fighting future of pioneering women's MMA star Gina Carano could come down this week.
Well, it's already been a banner week filled with blockbuster news, but as of yet, a deal to bring her in for a presumed title fight against women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has yet to get done.
However, substantial progress has been made toward getting a deal done, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesda more

  • a day ago
  • 157 views

Nick Diaz has not won a mixed martial arts (MMA) match since Oct. 2011, when he beat B.J. Penn from pillar to post en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 137. Back-to-back losses since then, as well as a self-imposed two-year retirement, and Diaz could be back in Dana White's proverbial "title mix" if he is successful against former 185-pound champion, Anderson Silva, in the main event of UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015. That's according to White, who earlier this evening appeared on ESPN to discu more