Anderson Silva, who broke his leg in gruesome fashion during UFC 168 two months ago, could fight be the end of the year, UFC boss Dana White said.
White, speaking with reporters after UFC 170, said that Silva told him some “crazy” news about his recovery.
“He said, ‘This is actually crazy; look at all the bone growth that he has in eight weeks,’” White said, according to MMA Junkie. “He said sometimes you don’t see that kind of bone growth in people over a couple of years. Pretty crazy.”
Silva has been posting photos of himself walking without crutches and doing ground training on Twitter and Instagram. “I will never stop !!! one day one step more … Finishing my training,” he tweeted, posting a photo of him lifting weights in a gym last week.
“He said that he could fight by the end of the year,” White added.
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta is slated to meet with Silva, 39, at his home in Los Angeles this week, White said.
“We’ll see what happens,” White added. “Anything can happen. He can hurt it again in training or anything is possible. He could start training and not feel the same. We’ll just see how it all plays out.”
Silva, in recent interviews, stressed that his loss against Chris Weidman–the current middleweight champ–was a basically fluke.
“Did he beat me? No. I think what happened was an accident, [if I had not been hurt] I’m sure I would have beaten him. I’m clearly sure about it,” he said. “If the UFC think they must give me another chance with him, then I must [prepare] myself to be able to fight him.”
But he recently admitted that he was “terrified” after the leg break.
“When I first saw that my leg was broken I was terrified. The pain was a very disturbing thing,” he said. “I didn’t know if it was an open fracture or not so I asked the referee to put my leg in place as fast as possible.”