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Retirement Is “Closer” By The Day For Former UFC Champion

Anderson Silva

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva continues to work to overcome the horrific injury that left him inside the Octagon last December screaming in pain.

Silva, who suffered a broken leg when Chris Weidman checked a kick, is set to return to action in January against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. As he continues to work to get back to 100-percent physically, “The Spider” is finding it troubling getting to that level mentally.

“I’m having an accompaniment of a psychologist so I take the ghosts of those horrible moments (away),” said Silva, in a recent interview with Fantastico. “At the time of the workouts I get kinda worried. I know I can perform the movement, but I end up not doing (it) because of fear.”

Silva has rehabbed his way through the months after seeing his tibia and fibula snapped by the move. Many have questioned if he should even try to fight again, and Silva himself seems to be wondering that same thing.

“I’ve been through that thing to be the champion, you have the belt and such,” he said. “The truth is that Ayrton Senna will only have a Pele will only have one and Anderson Silva will only have one. Then, well, who saw, saw. Who has not seen, no longer sees.

“I have no more patience (for being the champion). I think every day I get closer to retiring.”

As his fighting career ends, Silva is working towards getting more involved in acting, something he wants to also do to the best of his abilities.

“I want (to be a good actor),” he said. “That is my goal. I do not pretend to be a Denzel Washington, but I hope to get close.”

  • robthom

    ““I’m having an accompaniment of a psychologist so I take the ghosts of those horrible moments (away),…””
    Thats interesting.

    It was always apparent to me that although Silva is physically skilled that half of his success was mental.
    His narcassistic love affair with himself and his opponents fear of him.

    The first guy who was too kooky to be scared of him wooped his ass for 4 and a half rounds before getting submitted even though he was never that good.
    Thats why Silva was acting so crazy and waving his hands and screaming and trying his head bob trick in those Weidman fights,
    because Weidman wasn’t scared and Silva realized that he was half disarmed just for that.

    Diaz/Silva is definitely a super watchable fight.
    Silva is almost done, Diaz is not champ material but great at what he does.

    Unfortunately for Silva, part of what Diaz does is being too crazy to be scared of anything.
    Silva has lost that half of the fight already and he knows it.

    But that should offset the size difference and we’ve got a super watchable fight all things considered.

  • robthom

    Diaz is gonna whoop this dude so bad,
    I’m not sure he can go back to Brazil.

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