Despite his clearance to begin training again in MMA. And despite the “wording” of UFC president Dana White stating a fight in 2014 would be possible for Anderson Silva, the ex-middleweight champion is focusing on other things.
Silva, who suffered a broken leg last December in a loss to Chris Weidman for the belt, told MMA HEAT that he has his priorities outside of the Octagon. Instead, he’ll work towards fighting again in 2015.
“I back for next year. This year, I no back for fight,” Silva said. “I have my plans. I have my family. I stay together my family. I work more in my academy in Brazil, so next year, I don’t know when, but next year.”
Silva (33-6) turned 39 years old last month and is coming off back-to-back losses at the hands of Weidman. It is the first such losing streak of his career, which dates back to 1997 when he debuted in Brazil.
While his doctor told him he is ready for contact, Silva is taking a different approach. Initially, the injury scared him, but he has already overcome that fear.
“My leg is perfect,” he said. “I don’t have nothing difficult. My doctor….(said) you’re ready for kick. You ready. I (won’t) be back until next year.”
Silva has kept fans in-tune with his rehab and road to recovery, posting several video and picture messages on his many social media outlets. So far, he has not targeted a certain fighter for his return bout.
During his career, Silva has defeated the likes of Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Demian Maia.