Anderson Silva says he 'will be back,' quashes retirement rumors
Despite suffering a badly broken leg at UFC 168 against Chris Weidman, Silva has reportedly told his management that he plans to return to the Octagon soon.
'The Spider' has reportedly told his management that he plans to return to the Octagon, putting retirement questions to rest.
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By Marc Raimondi
Anderson Silva has a long road to recovery, but multiple reports say he wants to return to the UFC.
Jorge Guimaraes, one of Silva's managers, told TMZ that the all-time great "will be back" in the Octagon. Silva's coach, Pedro Rizzo said in an interview with MMAFighting.com that Silva told him: "I will be back."
"He had his second X-ray [Thursday] and everything looks great," Guimaraes told TMZ. "It was a clean break so the nerves are OK. He's already started physical therapy and he's moving his toes."
A message left by FOX Sports with Silva's other manager, Ed Soares, went unreturned Sunday.
Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion, broke his leg in grisly fashion on Dec. 28 when he attempted to kick opponent Chris Weidman's leg. Weidman checked the kick with his knee and Silva's left leg snapped on impact. The greatest pound-for-pound fighter ever fell to the canvas and screamed in agony in one of the most heartbreaking scenes in UFC history.
Rizzo said Silva doesn't seem to be interested in hanging up the gloves.
"At the hospital, Anderson told me 'I will be back, master. I will be back,'" Rizzo told MMAFighting.com. "I told him 'Yeah, you'll be back home to recover and rest'. And he said 'I will be back, master.' He's a fighter. He has six months to recover, heal and then decide what he's going to do next."