Anderson Silva kicks for first time since breaking bone

Anderson Silva can't wait to kick someone in the face again.

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Another significant milestone for Anderson Silva on his long road to recovery. The former UFC middleweight champion is able to kick with his surgically repaired left leg for the first time since he broke it in his Dec. 28 matchup with Chris Weidman.

Silva was gruesomely injured while throwing a kick in that matchup, shattering both the tibia and fibula at 1:16 of the second round when Weidman checked it with his knee.

Silva has been frequently updating the public on his progress, and on Monday, released video of himself kicking a red stability ball. It’s not a full-power effort, but his trademark form is there and he certainly doesn’t appear to be in any kind of pain while going through the light workout.

Suffice it to say, he was pretty thrilled by the positive step.

"I compare those first kicks to the joy of the birth of my children," the father of five told the Brazilian MMA site Na Grade Do MMA. "Now it’s time to overcome the fear and slowly progress. I have much further to go, but I am confident and happy with the results."

UFC president Dana White believes a return by the end of the year seems possible, and with his fast progress, Silva is doing all he can to prove him right.