It is a long-held notion that the LAPD needs to be cleaned up. If Anderson Silva can bring the sort of professionalism and excellence to a corrupt police department that be brought to MMA, citizens of the city of Los Angeles may have a new hero. The sidelined fighter recently told Folha de Sao Paulo in Brazil that he is carrying on a family tradition by training at the Los Angeles School Police Department.
He is not training police officers in close quarters combat, however. He is training to become a police officer.
This poses the threat of a one-two knockout punch to a heavily criminalized dynamic. On the one hand, there’s the police department that brought Mark Fuhrman and the Rodney King debacle to the world stage, and on the other hand you have a city populated with a criminal element that is deeply embedded into the social fabric.
Players on both sides of that fence are likely hoping that the former champion makes a comeback to the UFC, rather than spoil everyone’s fun in Tinsel town.
The UFC has seen the unfortunate loss of dazzling stars lately. Welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre has taken a leave of absence, vacating his title-holding status. Silva is out too, having suffered a broken leg during a championship bout against Chris Weidman in Las Vegas towards the end of last year.
Although he is making progress, it is still unclear if he will be able to, or even wants to fight again … in the octagon, that is. Apparently, the streets of L.A. are a different story. Whether or not this will actually come to pass is anyone’s guess. The world of MMA can at times seem like a portal to the Twilight Zone, so anything outside of the cage is subject to scrutiny.
One thing is for sure: the idea of the greatest fighter to ever walk out of the cage with a belt around his waist sauntering through L.A. with a badge on his chest is about as likely as a remake of a mediocre movie becoming a blockbuster. Nevertheless, that’s a ticket you should pay for.