Shortly after Anderson Silva (pictured) snapped his left shin in two against Chris Weidman at UFC 168, unquestionably one of the most gruesome injuries in MMA history, Silva’s surgeon states the former middleweight champion has already asked multiple times when he can resume training.
During Monday’s special conference call featuring Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon who performed the hour-long procedure late Saturday night in a Las Vegas hospital, it was revealed Silva’s fracture was “fairly severe,” though could have been far worse had the bone punctured the skin.
In fact, Sanders said injuries like this can be “limb threatening.”
As the UFC previously reported, Sanders inserted a titanium rod into Silva’s left tibia. His broken fibula was stabilized and didn’t require a separate operation. Sanders said the rod will likely remain in Silva’s leg for the rest of his life.
The fracture should heal between three to six months and the 38-year-old could attempt to start training again in six to nine months.
With the assistance of the titanium rod, Sanders claims Silva’s shin bones should achieve their original strength and he could fight again. Although, how the soft tissue regenerates will be the key to how Silva can effectively throw and land kicks again.
Silva will remain in the hospital for observation over the next several days, with his condition being assessed on a day-by-day basis. He is currently on pain medication and antibiotics.
Sanders reiterated that there were no predisposed conditions that would have caused Silva’s bone to snap the way it did. In addition, Silva’s age will not play a role in the fracture healing.
Furthermore, there is generally no higher risk of the bone breaking again because the titanium rod adds strength to the limb.
According to Sanders, Silva is currently on crutches and should be able to put weight on his left leg within a few weeks.
Now that all the medical stuff is out of the way, what MMA fans truly care about is that Silva is already inquiring about returning to training – insinuating that his fighting days aren’t quite over. With an injury that horrendous, Silva’s advanced age and nothing left to prove in a sport where he’s the UFC’s most decorated champion, most believed the Brazilian would call it a career – an illustrious one, at that.
However, it appears “The Spider” is unwilling to accept the last time he exits the Octagon is being carried out on a stretcher.