We’ve heard a lot from Anderson Silva’s coaches, doctor’s and friends about how the former middleweight champion still wants to get back into the Octagon despite the broken leg he suffered at UFC 168, but not from the man himself – until now.
In an interview with the Globo site, Silva confirms that he doesn’t intend to retire and has his mind set on competing again.
“(You should stop fighting) when you feel you need to stop, when your body and head says that. I think I still have a lot of things to do,” Silva said. “I don’t plan to stop now. I’m getting stronger every day, and I will be back soon.”
interestingly, looking back on the fight Silva appears to disagree with Chris Weidman’s post-fight comments that he had been practicing specifically to check his kicks in the manner that resulted in his badly broken leg.
“I believe that, if you pay attention to these technical details, you will see that (checking the kick) was instinct, not something that he trained to do,” Silva claimed.
Silva also goes on to state his belief that Weidman shouldn’t count it as a win and that if the incident hadn’t occured, “I’m pretty sure I would have won the fight.”
Despite his confidence, Silva admits that when it first happened he feared he might never walk again, and even now he is in a lot of pain which leaves him unable to sleep at night.
So far his recovery appears to be going very well though, and his doctor recently stated that he should be walking without the aid of his crutches in a month’s time.
Don’t be expecting to see the Brazilian superstar back in the Octagon any time soon though, it’s still likely to be 2015 before he’s able to return to action.