Dana White: Anderson Silva will return to UFC ‘before the end of the year’

The UFC president appeared on the 'Arsenio' show, confirming that Silva would be back fighting in the UFC by the end of 2014.

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The question surrounding Anderson Silva is no longer if he’ll come back. It’s when. And UFC president Dana White gave an estimate on that Monday night.

It’s obviously still early in the rehab process — Silva broke his leg Dec. 28 against Chris Weidman — but White said on ‘Arsenio’ that Silva will “fight before the end of the year.”

White was explaining to the host, Arsenio Hall, that Silva was better off with a grisly leg break than a torn ACL.

“If you blow your ACL out and your knee, you’re out for a year and three months,” White said.

Silva went for a leg kick on Weidman in the second round of their middleweight title fight and Weidman blocked it with the upper part of his shin, near his knee. Silva’s leg broke instantly — and the .gif has gone viral online.

“The craziest thing about it is his leg broke in half — yes, it’s gruesome to watch — [but] he’ll be walking before the end of this month without crutches, he’ll be training in six months and he’ll fight before the end of this year,” White said.

Silva has said he’s interested in boxing Roy Jones Jr. before returning to the UFC. White addressed that with Hall as well, saying it could happen, but he doesn’t get it.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me,” White said. “Anderson [says] Roy Jones is like his hero and he wants to box him.”