UFC President, Dana White has revealed that former Middleweight champion and MMA legend, Anderson Silva will return either later this year or early next year.
The Brazilian superstar has been out of action since he broke his left leg in his rematch with current champion, Chris Weidman.
He recently released a video on his Instagram account of him doing some training in a boxing ring, which shows his dedication to get back into the octagon just four months after some were talking about his career possibly being over.
His losses to Weidman broke a near decade long undefeated streak and were also the first back-to-back losses that the 'Spider' has suffered during his career. He's unlikely to return and fight Weidman for the title but it's not out of reach to think that Silva could make another run at the title.
Before he fought Weidman he was heavily linked to superfights with Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, and then Middleweight champion, Georges St-Pierre. But, there's been nothing so far to suggest that he could return for two big money fights.
Just over a month ago, Silva said that 'this year is over for him' in an interview with Brazilian magazine, Combate, and that he'd 'struggle' to fulfil his 10-fight deal with the UFC.
At 38 years of age and nearly two decades of fight experience under his belt, wear and tear must've been taking it's toll before he suffered his leg break. Whether or not he can return to that form at this point in his career is unclear, but he'll have plenty of time to recover should he need it.
Silva has said that he wouldn't be opposed to fighting Lyoto Machida or 'Jacare' Souza down the line, but it's likely his opponent could be the loser of Weidman vs. Machida at UFC 173 in May.
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