Former UFC Middleweight Champion and Pound for Pound King Anderson Silva will return to the UFC cage in 2014.
Silva has not been seen in the Octagon since December 2013, were he faced UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidmann to regain his title. In the second round, Silva, who was competing well up to that point, threw a low kick that was blocked and snapped his leg.
It has been months of treatment for Anderson since, with him having plenty of support from fans and his employers.
'The Spider,' who was unbeaten in the UFC before his first loss to Weidmann in July 2013, spoke to UFC Fight Pass and said: “I’m feeling well. I would be ready to fight this year. Another couple of months and I would be ready to fight again."
"But I’m having this opportunity to spend more time with my family to focus and work over my personal projects. I’m making the most of this moment to look after my personal things and to be with my family.”
“I received a lot of affection from my fans. I felt tremendous human warmth with their concern over my recovery. I realized I have gained something for being Brazilian and a patriot. I have gained the respect and affection of people.”
Many thought that his second loss to Weidmann, which technically went down as a TKO, would be his last. He now approaches his 39th birthday this month, so you wonder how long he could carry on for.
However watching Silva for years, with his arrogant style and confidence, he will still feel he has a point to prove.
In his first fight against Weidmann, Silva show boated as normal, letting his hands drop and stuck his chin out. Time finally caught up with him, were he was met by devastating strikes from his opponent, causing the end of his fight. With him losing twice now quite controversially, he could well beat Weidmann if they met again.
Before that, he won 16 straight fights at both Middleweight and Light Heavyweight in the Octagon, defeating the likes of Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin.
If he does return, we could see him meet former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre. The super fight was always talked about but never happened, however it seems GSP is coming round to the idea.
The 38 year old still desires to meet boxing legend Roy Jones Jnr in a boxing match after his UFC contract runs out. Silva said: "I've always wanted to box Roy Jones Jr. It's a dream I want to make a reality but Dana spoke his mind, Lorenzo as well.
"I understand this is a business. But it's a dream; a personal desire that I had, but for now it will have to wait."
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