After UFC 168, many believed they had witnessed the horrifying end to Anderson Silva’s illustrious career. That night, Silva incurred a gruesome leg injury when one of his leg kick’s were checked by Weidman, subsequently snapping his leg in two.
After successful surgery to fix his leg, Silva and his team has been continually updating the fans on the former champion’s status. First there was a picture of him in the gym, then walking down stairs, then walking without crutches and on a treadmill, and finally a short video of Silva hitting mitt. Needless to say, Silva’s rehabilitation process has been nothing short of incredible.
During the UFC 170 post fight media scrum, Dana White discussed his conversation with Silva’s doctor regarding the former champion’s healing process and possible return (Courtesy of BloodyElbow):
He showed me Silva’s bone tonight, and he said, ‘This is actually crazy. Look at all the bone growth that he has in eight weeks.’ He said sometimes you don’t see that kind of bone growth in people over a couple of years. Pretty crazy.”
White said the doctor was optimistic that Silva could be back fighting by the end of 2014. Of that timeline the UFC president said, It’s very optimistic. We’ll see what happens. Anything can happen. He can hurt it again in training or anything is possible. He could start training and not feel the same. We’ll just see how it all plays out.