Upon Anderson Silva’s return, nobody is safe; not even his own countrymen. Not long ago the former pound for pound champion said he would rather give up his championship belt, then fight someone like Llyoto Machida or Ronaldo Souza. Gone are the days the former UFC champion was defied by honor and dignity towards his own Brazilians. Now the mindset has changed to, “If you are going to mention my name as a potential fight, I have no other choice.” The hit list is growing for ‘The Spider’, and upon his return in 2015, many get the feeling there will be a ‘no holds barred’ approach making his return to the octagon. Why wait until 2015 you may ask? Just days before Anderson Silva stated he would not be able to make a UFC return by the end of this year, which is somewhat disappointing by the progress he has made since the brutal injury; but rest assured, there is a plan in place for the former champion to grace the cage with his presence in the future.
Anderson has been out with a broken his at UFC 168 after Chris Weidman checked a leg kick, resulting in the leg to snap. Silva progress has been made quite smoothly. The Spider has posted videos of himself walking down the stairs, doing some light treadmill work, and even already kicking with the recovering leg; relax it was only a stability ball he was kicking. Heck the former champ has even begun some light grappling! Sky’s the limit right? He has not taken a soft stance on his recovery and is attacking it like he has done everything else in his storied career. The current UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, will be taking on Llyoto Machida on May 23rd after another fellow Brazilian, Vitor Belfort, had to bow out due to licensing issues among other things we will proceed not dwell into with this article. Only a few days ago Silva said he may never fight for the championship again, saying his champion days are now over; I guess in a few days things change as now Brazilians are being added to his hit list; and now possibilities of fighting for the UFC belt are now being talked about again by one of the all time greats.
Minds change and people change, so its in doubt whether anyone will actually hold what Silva said a few days before, against him. Avid and casual fans alike would almost certainly welcome one of the greatest back to the octagon, and its pretty certain that UFC president, Dana White, would welcome it as well. Anderson Silva is one of the all time best Brazilian fighters to ever step foot in the cage and is one of the highest draws the organization has ever had. By doing so much for the company, he is at least owed the opportunity to defend his legacy in the UFC, and go out on his own terms as one of best ever to fight in the middleweight division.
Commentary by Justin Huffman