UFC 168

Anderson Silva Tweets out Encouraging Photo and Message to Fans

Dec 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Anderson Silva on stage during the weigh-in for his UFC Middleweight Title Fight against Chris Weidman (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Dan HiergesellFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2014

Not even a week removed from suffering one of the most gruesome and unfathomable Octagon injuries of all time, former pound-for-pound legend Anderson Silva seems to be in high spirits.

After breaking his leg on a checked kick in the second round of his infamous and well-documented rematch opposite champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168, fans everywhere wondered how "The Spider" would react to such strategy.

Well, in this recent Twitter post, the best mixed martial artist in the history of the sport seemed ready to start his new journey:

Whether or not the 38-year-old Brazilian makes the six-to-nine month recovery without any hiccups is totally up to him. In the past, fighters have made a return to the Octagon after suffering such injuries, but nobody really knows for sure because every body is different in that regard. 

Considering how prolific his legacy remains and how much of a competitor Silva is, if his leg heals properly within a year, doesn't it make sense for him to give it one last go?

On the heels of losing two straight UFC title fights, after racking up 16 straight wins over six years, Silva has to want to avenge his misfortunes. He has to want to fight one last time inside the cage.

Jul 6, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Chris Weidman, blue shorts, defeated Anderson Silva (yellow shorts) in the second round with a TKO in their Middleweight Chamionship Bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Whether the timing is right and Weidman is open to fulfilling a trilogy is completely reliant on the middleweight division. So many new contenders have emerged and are praying for their own shot at the champ.

However, as one of the greatest pay-per-view draws in UFC history, the promotion will have to favor a high-profile Silva fight if the icon returns. They'd have to want a final fight with Weidman—one that doesn't end by flash knockout or a fractured limb.

With all of that said, this is assuming Silva actually wants to come back. He may want to stay home with his family, grow his gym in California, marvel at his bank account and walk away forever.

He could do that and nobody would look twice. However, for some reason, I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of the up-kicking, head-bobbing, Matrix-looking phenom that took the UFC by storm for nearly a decade.

 

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