Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has kept everyone up-to-date on his progress from a December broken leg. Now, “The Spider” is ready to step up his rehab to another level.
Ed Soares, the manager for Silva, told MMAjunkie.com that his client has been cleared to resume MMA training. Silva was being looked over by doctors at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles.
“We’ve talked with the UFC, and we’ll see what they come up with,” Soares said, in regards to a possible return to the Octagon for the former champion.
Silva (33-6) previously stated that he would not fight again this year, but UFC president Dana White recently said there was a chance he could return. White added that if it wasn’t late-2014, early-2015 would be the time for Silva’s return.
“He always does that with the media,” White said. “I don’t know if he likes to play with you guys or what he likes to do, but I said, he’ll be back in 2014 or first thing in 2015. End of 2014 or beginning of 2015 is what I said.”
In December, Chris Weidman successfully defeated Silva for a second time after checking a leg kick that left the challenger on the canvas with a broken leg. Earlier in the year, Weidman stopped Silva in the second round to become the UFC champion.
As for who Silva might be facing off against, Soares said “He’s not one to call anyone out particularly.” The 39-year-old holds numerous UFC records, including for the longest title reign and most consecutive wins.