Disposed middleweight king points towards a comeback from horror injury.
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Ex-UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva was taken directly to a Las Vegas hospital for immediate surgery after breaking his leg in a rematch with current titleholder Chris Weidman, UFC President Dana White announced following UFC 168.
The gruesome injury occurred when opponent Chris Weidman checked a low kick, and Silva’s shin scored directly to the knee, snapping the limb in two.
At 38 years old, Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) is considered the greatest champion in UFC history and perhaps the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. His 16 straight wins in the octagon and 10 consecutive successful title defenses are both promotional records.
However, the Brazilian striker now likely faces a long recovery following what appeared to be a significant injury, and a return to action is questionable, at best.
But if you were to believe the man himself he is not ready to walk away from the sport that has made him a household name around the world.
Silva asked doctors, before they repaired his broken tibia and fibula, when he can get back to training, and while it remains to be seen he again scales to the same heights that have seen many label him as the greatest MMA star ever, the Brazilian is thinking positive in the short-term.