Long-time former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has made remarkable progress in his recovery from a broken leg, but any suggestions of a possible return this year appear to have been overly optimistic. UFC President Dana White was so enthusiastic about the strides that “The Spider” was making in his ongoing rehab, that he was on the record as saying that a Silva return in late 2014 was possible. Silva himself ruled that out in a recent interview with Brazilian website Combate.com, saying that predictions of a return at UFC 181 in December weren’t true, and that this year was already over for him.
Silva, who sustained the gruesome injury at UFC 168 in the second round of his rematch against middleweight champ Chris Weidman, is now targeting a return in the first half of 2015. While he personally isn’t counting on making any further title runs, there’s no doubt the organization would be interested in seeing him fight Weidman again, given the unfortunate ending to their second bout. There would be many exciting possibilities to ponder for Silva’s return to UFC action.
Silva saw his reign as 185-pound kingpin end at UFC 162 when he was knocked out in shocking fashion by the undefeated challenger. He had made 10 successful defenses of the title after winning the belt from Rich Franklin at UFC 64 before the stunning loss to Weidman. Their rematch in late December was a huge success for the promotion, with more than one million PPV buys.
Silva also said in the interview that it was unlikely that he would be able to fulfil his 10-fight contract with the promotion, as he stated that while he still wants to fight, his family has been asking him to stop for years. Silva’s return to action will understandably be a major PPV event that would produce a huge number of buys, something the promotion has been lacking so far in 2o14.
Unfortunately, fans and the organization are going to have to wait until next year before the legendary competitor graces the Octagon again. However, it shapes up as quite the spectacle when he does.