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One of the greatest ever to grace the octagon with his presence, Anderson Silva, has been cleared by doctors to resume his fighting career in the UFC. It has only been five months since Anderson suffered his horrific leg injury when he faced off with middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, for the second time. UFC’s president, Dana White, wasn’t quite sure if one of the pound for pound greats would make it back inside the octagon; but is now predicting a possible December-January return for the former middleweight king. Silva has exceeded expectations of his injury, and has allowed social media to follow his journey through recovery, and back to competition. The former champ has posted videos of him walking down sets of stairs, kicking equipment in the weight room, and just recently; a video of him sparring with some of his teammates. The progress is real, and one of the best pound for pound greats is not far off from being back inside the octagon.
Ed Soares, Anderson Silva’s manager, was asked on whom Anderson would like to face upon returning back to the ring. His manager stated that “The Spider” is not one to call out opponents and is willing to accept practically any fight match maker, Joe Silva, offers to the former champ. Anderson has been known to flirt around in the light heavyweight division, and it is somewhat curious if he would consider accepting more fights in that weight class. With all the grueling training and rehab he has had to go through to come back from this injury; it might be a nice reprieve to not have to cut a whole bunch of weight upon his UFC return. A possible match up if he would return to the middleweight division could be someone like the fifth ranked middleweight, Luke Rockhold; or the flamboyant Brit who has been calling Silva out for ages, Michael Bisping. Taking a look at the light heavyweight division, one fight that may sound intriguing is another fighter the UFC just welcomed back, Anthony Johnson. No matter the case, the UFC will find a card that Anderson will headline, and any fighter matched up with him should expect a very hungry and eager Silva, yearning for another highlight finish to add to his resume.
The time couldn’t be better for the UFC to have one of their biggest headliners back in the fold. With Georges St. Pierre suffering a knee injury during his time off, and Cain Velasquez still nursing an injury; Ronda Rousey has had to pick up quite a bit of the work to draw pay per view numbers. A New Year’s day card with Anderson “The Spider” Silva sounds about right to welcome one of the best back, the realist in everyone is concerned in what we may all witness if he does. The fan boy in all of Mixed Martial Arts followers desire the return of the once dominant form that ruled over the middleweight for over seven years.
Commentary by Justin Huffman