Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has revealed that he is training with the Los Angeles Police Department as he bids to fully recover from a horrific injury suffered in his last Octagon appearance.
Silva broke his leg in the second round of a hotly-anticipated rematch with Chris Weidman at UFC 168 last December, but has been making quite incredible progress during a rehabilitation process that although arduous is moving far quicker than anyone expected.
The 38-year-old is spending some of his down time with the LAPD to fulfil a family commitment to the force which his brothers, nephews and uncles all currently uphold.
In an interview with Folha de Sao Paulo the 'Spider' disclosed: "I train every morning, take my kids to school and go to the police school.I’m studying at the Los Angeles School Police Department.
"I’m studying to become a police officer. It’s a personal wish, something that will make my uncle happy.
"He thought it was a little weird that I’m not doing this here (in Brazil), but it wasn’t the right time. My brothers are police officers, my nephews are police officers. It’s a family thing."
While Silva makes productive use of his sabbatical MMA fans will continue to debate how his return to the Octagon will fare, at what weight he will fight and who could serve as an appropriate opponent to find out if one of the all-time greats is still capable of competing at the highest level.
Current middleweight king Weidman has two wins over Silva and will defend his belt against a great friend of the Spider's later this year, clashing with former light-heavywieght kingpin Lyoto Machida in Las Vegas on July 5.