The former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is nearly 100% healed from his horrific leg injury he incurred at UFC 168 last December at the hands of current champion, Chris Weidman.
Over the last six months, Anderson and his team have updated his progress through social media in a variety of ways. First, we saw Anderson with crutches, then walking stairs without crutches, then kicking a soccer ball, then hitting pads, then kicking pads, and much more.
In May, Silva was cleared to train all mixed martial arts related activities, but was not yet cleared to spar. Today, Silva broke the news on Twitter that a doctor has cleared him to spar:
Aí galera uma notícia boa, hoje e meu primeiro Sparring de MMA depois da fratura na perna Dr márcio Tanuri liberou. pic.twitter.com/PnjKse7LZ8
— Anderson Silva (@SpiderAnderson) June 20, 2014
Translated in English: “Then guys good news today and my first after Sparring MMA leg fracture Dr. Márcio Tannure released.”
While the English translation may not be the best, you get the gist; Dr. Márcio Tannure has cleared Anderson Silva to spar.
Although Anderson is seemingly ready to step back into the Octagon in the next few months, he has been adamant about spending the rest of the year with his family and returning to the UFC in 2015.
One fight the UFC and Anderson are looking at is a potentially huge matchup with Nick Diaz. Although Diaz is officially retired, he has stated his interest in the bout. Diaz has noted that he would only return to the UFC for a big money fight, and this is about as big as they get.