Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has taken another step back to making his return after being cleared to spar.
Silva confirmed the news on his twitter that was originally in his native Portuguese. He wrote:
“Good news today, guys: Dr. Marcio Tannure released me for my first sparring after my leg fracture.”
'The Spider hasn't competed inside the Octagon since December 2013 when he broke his leg in his fight with Chris Weidman when trying to win the 185lbs title.
Many thought that the injury would keep Silva out for a lengthy period and possibly end his career. The Brazilian is now 39 and with recovery time taking longer as you age, he could have hung up his gloves and still left a legacy also unmatched in the history of modern combat sports.
However it has been quite the opposite. Silva has recovered in an incredible span of time and has been cleared to spar after just six months. In February after the injury, the former pound-for-pound king was captured walking up stairs.
No return date has been set for Silva yet. He has not been cleared to compete inside the Octagon, however he has stated he is aiming for a return during early 2015. Silva has stated he wishes to meet Michael Bisping or Cung Le when he does step foot inside the Octagon again.
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