Anderson Silva could return to the Octagon in 2014

By on February 24, 2014
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It was in December that former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva suffered a horrific injury in his bout with Chris Weidman, but it appears the MMA legend is well on the road to recovery. 

Following the fight there was speculation of retirement, as Silva was now 38 and had now fallen twice to Weidman. It now appears Silva could fight as soon as December of 2014, roughly a year after his injury.

Speaking to the media following UFC 170, company president Dana White explained how far along Silva was in his recovery after he spoke to the doctor who treated the Brazilian, Dr. Steven Sanders.

Related: UFC 168 - Surgery a success, Anderson Silva has rod inserted in broken leg 

"The doctor came and showed me his bone tonight, and he said this is actually crazy, look at all the bone healing he's had in eight weeks," said White.

"He said sometimes you don't see that kind of bone growth in people over a couple of years. Pretty crazy."

When queried on an exact timeframe for return, White elaborated.

"He could fight by the end of the year," he stated.

White continued with careful optimism when talking about Silva, seeking to quell any expectations.

"Anything could happen. He could hurt it in training, anything is possible. Or start training again and not feel the same. Anything can happen."

Additionally, White described the procedure that was undertaken on Silva to repair his limb, which included placing a titanium rod in his leg.

To get a better understanding of how far along Silva truly is, White said that he intends on visiting the figher at his Los Angeles area home during the week.

Keep it locked to MMA Kanvas for more updates on the recovery of Anderson Silva.



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