Anderson Silva Walking Without Crutches
Less than two months after suffering a horrific leg break, Anderson Silva is back walking unassisted.
The former UFC middleweight champion posted a video of his remarkable recovery on his Instagram account yesterday. The measured steps Silva takes in the video symbolise large strides in his recovery from a gruesome leg break he suffered against Chris Weidman at UFC 168.
Silva relinquished his title in the 185 lb division in their first meeting at UFC 162. Weidman shocked the world when his left hook landed flush and rendered the longstanding champion unconscious 78 seconds into the second round. The punch ended Silva’s 16 fight win streak in the UFC, a record which has yet to be bested in the promotion.
Anderson Silva Leg Break Against Chris Weidman
Their highly anticipated rematch left an indelible mark in the minds of MMA fans across the globe. Silva snapped his leg and collapsed to the mat when the All-American checked one of his kicks in the second round. It was clear from the disturbing slow-motion replay that the freak incident.
Would put one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time out of action for a long time. Some members of the combat sports cognoscenti feared that the injury would end his illustrious career. However, this video along with his recent updates on Instagram suggest that Silva is not ready to call time yet.
The video was posted with the message “Resilience, strength and honour” written in Portuguese. These are three attributes “The Spider” has embodied throughout his fighting career. Despite facing the momentous challenge of essentially rebuilding his lower leg, Silva appears to be dedicated to his rehabilitation. Perhaps a return to the Octagon before the year’s end, as predicted by Dana White, could materialise.