Former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva could make a return to the sport by the end of this year, according to the sport’s president Dana White.

The Brazilian sustained a horror leg-break in his last outing, a rematch with current champion Chris Weidman, and many believed that his career could be over. However in stark contrast to early predictions it seems as though it’s no longer a case of if he will ever return to the UFC, rather a case of when.

Reports in the US claim that White is confident Silva will make a return by the end of 2014 because of the nature of his injury. The Spider, who many deem to be perhaps the greatest UFC fighter of all time, suffered the injury on December 28 2013, and White believes it should take less than a year before he’s a fully-functioning fighter once more.

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

“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.”

Other rumours have suggested that Silva could crossover to the boxing ring as part of his return from injury, with veteran Roy Jones Jr. a touted opponent.

The Spider himself has admitted to being interest in taking on Jones, though it will likely take a good deal of negotiations before any bout can take place.

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