Anderson Silva Discusses Trauma of Leg Injury, Promises ‘I Will Return’

By Gleidson Venga Jan 13, 2014
Anderson Silva is on the road to recovery. | Mike Sloan/

For the first time since UFC 168, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva has opened up about the devastating leg injury he suffered in his rematch with Chris Weidman.

Silva talked about the injury this week in an interview with “Fantastico” on Brazilian network Rede Globo.

“I’m improving. I’m not going 100-percent, but I’m already taking little steps with a crutch,” said Silva. “It’s a pain that I do not wish on anyone. Since I came from Las Vegas, I left the hospital, I can’t sleep all night. It’s very difficult.”

In the interview, “The Spider” confessed that he remembers the moment of the injury all the time, and that he is still trying to figure out why it happened.

“I see a movie of everything that happened before that moment of the accident. The whole time, I’m trying to understand, why?” Silva remarked. “Why did I have to break my leg? Why did I have to go through this situation? I’m trying to understand the message that God is trying to send me at that time.”

In reviewing his second fight against Weidman, the former champ analyzed the mistakes he made in the bout, including the exact time of the strike which caused his leg to fracture.

“I got to see some details and technical mistakes that I made in the fight. To give the perfect shot right there, I had to divert his attention with a punch to the face. So, I totally diverted his attention from the low-kick movement. What you can tell is that he’s protecting the shot line from the waist up,” Silva noted, “and he lifted his leg instinctively. The kick was strong at his point of unbalance. I believe that if people realize these technical details, they will see that it was an instinctive thing. It wasn’t something he had trained to do. I think what happened was inevitable. I’m pretty sure I would have won [if I hadn’t been injured].”

Silva also shared exactly what went through his mind at the moment of the injury.

“When I saw that my leg was broken, I was terrified. I couldn’t tell if the fracture was exposed or not. Then, I spoke to the judge who was there with me so they could put my leg in place as quickly as possible, and the pain was absurd,” Silva said. “I only thought one thing: Is it over? Will I ever walk again? Am I alright? But, I am confident that I will succeed. I will return.”

Since leaving the hospital, Silva has been spending his days with his family in Los Angeles. The Brazilian said he is living through the most difficult moment of his career, mainly by returning home with his injury.

“My children are waking up every day to my screams of pain, and it’s a very bad thing for them. These days, I’ve been crying in the car so I don’t wake them,” Silva lamented, discussing the toughest aspect of his injury. “I never before had to come home bruised. Not a cut, nothing. It was the saddest thing to get home and look at my wife, my children, and be hurt. It’s the one thing that saddened me greatly and it’s something that greatly moved me. It was the worst moment of my life and my career.”


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