Former UFC middleweight champion and the man many consider the greatest of all time, Anderson Silva, has been cleared to return to full mixed martial arts training under six months after suffering a horrific leg break. After losing his belt to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, Silva rematched the champion at UFC 168 and was once again on the losing end after a checked left leg kick resulted in a broken tibia and fibula.Silva has made it clear that he wants to return to the UFC and, though he doesn’t feel he will become champion again, there are several fun match-ups available for the Brazilian. The likes of Cung Le, Glover Teixeira and Jacare Souza all remain valid options for Silva, with his willingness to fight in both the middleweight and light heavyweight classes making a number of entertaining fights available.
16-2 in the UFC, with both losses coming in his last two and 10 of which being title defences, Silva has earned his place amongst the elite in mixed martial arts history. With the lack of big names available in 2014, a return before the end of the year would only spell good things for the UFC, with president Dana White branding the prospect of Silva returning this year ‘great.’
A tune-up fight for Silva after such a horrific injury seems the most sensible option, though the entertainment value and high profile of ‘The Spider’ means a headline fight is almost a certainty.
Silva’s manager, and president of RFA, Ed Soares told MMAjunkie:
“We’ve talked with the UFC, and we’ll see what they come up with,”