When former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) was at his peak, which realistically was just two fights ago, many questioned if MMA’s GOAT was human because he was consistently doing things inside the Octagon that no man had ever done before.
For that reason, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Silva’s broken left shin is mending far faster than that of a normal human.
“So the doctor showed me his bone [Saturday], his legs,” UFC president Dana White revealed after UFC 170‘s post-fight press conference. “He said, ‘This is actually crazy, look at all the bone growth that he has in eight weeks.
“He said, Sometimes you don’t see that kind of bone growth in people in a couple years.’ Pretty crazy.”
According to Silva’s doctor, he could be back in action by the end of the year.
Silva, who turns 39 in less than two months, posted a video on his Twitter account last week of him walking unassisted on a treadmill. Although the Brazilian has nothing to prove at this stage in his illustrious career, “The Spider” is hellbent on returning to the cage.
While his doctor is optimistic and encouraged by his recovery, White continues to take a wait-and-see approach.
“We’ll see what happens,” said White, who has a meeting scheduled with Silva this Wednesday. “Anything can happen. He could hurt it again in training or anything is possible. Or start training and not feel the same. We’ll just see how it all plays out.”
Silva suffered one of the most horrific injuries in MMA when Chris Weidman checked his kick in December’s highly anticipated rematch. Silva’s shin instantly snapped in two and he was carried off backstage on a stretcher.