According to a report from MMA Junkie, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been cleared to resume MMA training by his doctor at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. It has been only five months since Silva had his leg snapped in half by Chris Weidman in their title rematch late last year.
The horrific injury, combined with the beating Silva took twice in a row at the hands of Weidman, spurred talk of retirement for the 39 year-old legend. However, Silva has rapidly and steadily healed ahead of schedule - walking unassisted, kicking, grappling and even attending the LAPD academy (really) in recent weeks and months.
Now that he has been cleared by doctors to resume more comprehensive training, "The Spider" and his management are looking for a fight from the UFC, likely within a year's time.
We've talked with the UFC, and we'll see what they come up with," MMA Junkie quoted Silva's manager Ed Soares as saying.
When the outlet asked UFC president Dana White if he'd be open to Silva returning to action by the end of 2014, he replied, "that would be great."
As for who Silva might face in his return bout, so far the fighter's management is maintaining that he's open to whomever. "He's not one to call anyone out particularly," said Soares.
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