I Back: Anderson Silva Already Hitting The Pads

Former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has already surprised with his rapid recovery from the badly broken leg he suffered against Chris Weidman at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013.

It’s not even been two months, but already we’ve seen “The Spider” walk down stairs and begin grappling training. His doctor reported his bone growth has been monumental, exhibiting progress that sometimes takes other patients years to accomplish.

But today, his biggest step towards making a triumphant return to the cage has been chronicled.

Although it looks like he’s easing back into striking, Silva was shown hitting the pads in a video from Instagram account silva_mtc:

He may be far from his legendary self, but his progress at this point is nonetheless flabbergasting. To be hitting the pads like he is less than two months removed from a shattering leg break is hard to believe; yet we’ve seen it with our own eyes.

And the more that Silva recovers, the more the stacked UFC middleweight division may be held up. With the belt on the line in UFC 173’s Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort main event, “The Spider” may indeed fight the winner of that bout if he can return to full health by the end of the year.

Deserving or not, if that’s Weidman, that would be quite the interesting contest.

That would leave top-level challengers Lyoto Machida and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the cold as they wait for the next development in the suddenly crowded 185-pound title picture.

Many thought “The Spider’s” career was over when he crumpled to the mat in pain in Las Vegas. Now, it’s only a matter of when and against whom he returns.

Will he ever return to the championship level he maintained for so many years?

Photo: Mark J. Rebilas for USA TODAY Sports


  1. Avatar of Ivy


    February 26, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Here comes the next Fedor.

    "I BACK!!!"

  2. Avatar of tuputamadre


    February 26, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Who cares?

  3. Avatar of HATEOCRACY


    February 26, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I back, Silva's back, just knocked down a quadruple shot of Henny with a vodka back, time to turn up in dis b***h!!!

  4. Avatar of jmedno5891


    February 26, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I want to buy an "I back" tshirt

  5. Avatar of chiefnavarro


    February 26, 2014 at 10:40 am

    just putting it out there. hes not even close to the goat because he never fought the big boys

  6. Avatar of zzoooman


    February 26, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Not a huge AS fan, but it's hard not to respect the guy for what he has accomplished. This is amazing… anyone that has gone through a serious injury understands this.

  7. Avatar of MAMBA24ILL


    February 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

    This is amazing. I hope we do get to see him in the cage one more time. Dude did a lot for the sport & for the UFC.

  8. Avatar of Ivy


    February 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    This site is full of pussies who "WEAK" posts because they can't take a joke. As though it even matters…

  9. Avatar of Dbish99


    February 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Im not sure why but i think silva going to start a liddell like streak of getting ko before he retires weidmen put him out the first fight and almost in the second it seems all the great ko artist end there career with the same fate they were handing out to there victims.

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