Anderson Silva Posts Training Photo of Him Grappling, Says, “I’m Back”

February 17, 2014
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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva posted a photo of himself back on the mats on Sunday saying, “I’m back.”

It’s unclear when Silva will actually be able to return to the Octagon, but he has indicated his desire to do so, and his manager and UFC president Dana White both said they believe he will be back near the end of the year.

This latest post follows others that showed Silva’s steps to recovery, including him walking unassisted down a flight of stairs and lifting weights just weeks after he broke both bones in his left leg during his UFC 168 bout with champion Chris Weidman.

Good news for Silva and his fans to see him back on the mat!

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  • Holy bleep, this guy is a machine

    We, as keyboard warriors would be still laying in our beds

    • Mihael Hajdin

      lol, well said sir!

    • John Bunch

      Laying in our beds, typing responses. He is a warrior, just like Ali is/was. Sometimes it’s best to stop while you’re still ahead.

    • solo

      It’s all willpower and faith my man.

    • Bucket of Chicken

      Not asking to be rude or a wise-cracker, but do you study any martial arts? Good post.

      • I do, why? o.o

        • Bucket of Chicken

          Just curious. I find people who actually train or study martial arts make more enlightened posts compared to the keyboard warriors who talk out of their asses.

          • I can’t tell if that’s supposed to be a positive thing or not..

          • Bucket of Chicken

            Meant it as positive.

          • dgs

            I’ve been training in various forms of martial arts for about 25 years, and as the OP said, it’s highly doubtful I would be out training so soon after that kind of injury. Heck, when I tore my ACL and meniscus during an intense training session 16 years ago I was out for six months before I got back in the gym.

  • 可卡因

    A true champion.. i just dont see what else he feels like he has to prove though. his legacy is cemented.

    • Zebra

      He’s got nothing left to prove. It’s just for the love of the sport for him at this point. Is normal


    Should be: “I back. I back.”

  • Frank Hogan

    He will be back, he kills his oppenets with his fists not his legs any way, Weidman didnt have real win, the first fight silva was playing the whole fight and got caught, the 2nd fight was a accident, should be a ND

    • The Second best eva

      I agree with everything you said except the turning the second fight to a ND. That’s like changing all fights that ended in cuts to a ND.

      • Brian

        I see the logic, but Silva was physically unable to continue the fight, whereas a cut is a more superficial wound and the real danger is that someone gets killed because they can’t see things coming due to blood in the eyes. They are dissimilar issues in that respect. Whatever else happens, the fights ended and Weidman’s hand was raised twice. He’s the legitimate champion, such is this sport.

    • TigOlBitties

      Are you being sarcastic? Weidman beat the man twice, fair and square but fanboys insist upon making excuses. Even Silva would reject what you’re saying.

      • The second best eva

        He did beat him fair and square that’s a fact. I’m just not convinced he’s better. I wanna see him take the fight seriously and lose. Not the way he lost before. But yes he lost fair and square. Just like shooting the puck in your own net in overtime. It’s still a goal and it’s a loss fair and square.

        • John Bunch

          Not being sarcastic, just trying to remember the last time someone was 0-2 against another fighter and then earned a third fight. Maybe in Pride…usually one opponent has to win one before there is a trilogy. Again, no sarcasm, just ready for people to let this go. I hated seeing Fedor lose, he’s still my GOAT hands down…but he lost 3 times in a row. I had to accept it…maybe you can accept that Silva lost twice in a row to the same fighter. Peace either way.

          • martin

            Wanderlei silva vs rampage

          • John Bunch

            Good call!

          • hyderabod

            BJ Penn vs Frankie Edgar

          • solo

            Chuck Lidell vs Tito Ortiz.

            Chuck had two clear KO victories over Tito and they we’re scheduled to fight for the third time being TUF coaches, before Tito pulled off with an injury and than Franklin stepped in and sent Iceman to retirement.

          • John Bunch

            It’s clear that I apparently don’t watch much MMA. 🙂 I’ll just shut up now.

          • The milkman

            Big nog vs herring, wand vs page, yeah those trilogy’s started in pride but the ended in ufc. Tito vs shamrock. Edgar vs penn.

          • The milkman

            Fedor losing was devastating for me also but he lost without a freak accident or taunting his opponent with his hands down. The guys that beat Fedor were just better and bad matchups. Fedor is favorite fighter to watch but I can admit he would never hold a ufc title

      • Fern

        As much as I hate to say it, Silva is losing much of his speed with age. His last two fights with Weidman were not a fluke. He got caught because he’s a tad bit slower now and can’t clown around as efficiently.
        The broken leg didn’t lose him the fight, that was a freak accident, however he did also get caught in with a Weidman punch in the clinch. The Anderson of old was way to crafty and fast in the clinch to get caught with something like that.
        Take nothing away from Weidman, he is also a fantastic fighter and took advantage.
        Looks like Silva will be back and get a few more fights that I’m pretty sure won’t be nearly as fast and impressive as he used to be and I certainly don’t think he’ll ever be close to another title but it’ll be fun to see what happens.
        Good luck Anderson. Hope to see you back soon.

    • Milosc

      Anderson Silva destroys opponents with his mind, which appears to be stronger than ever

    • lowlb

      “I’m back and I have a metal rod in my leg, block my leg kicks now b@#ch.”

    • John Bunch

      Please go back to sleep…geezus…

  • Lawdog1521

    That’s crazy. Less than two months after that and he’s back to training. Silva is Superman.

  • Andre

    He didn’t said “I’m Back”
    He said “I’m coming back”

    • Jon Doe

      He said “I’m Black” 😉

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  • Brian

    Well, if he wants his belt back he may end up having to take it from Machida, which is something he has previously said he would not do. Machida on the other hand has been more circumspect about the issue, and I don’t think he would have dropped to 185 unless he had already decided the matter. This is going to be interesting.

    • Guest

      man, you’re going far into the future.

      • Brian

        Fair enough, it does seem that things always turn out differently than we all expect. I find a Machida/Silva matchup intriguing, as I know neither of them really wants that but the evidence suggests that neither of them dismisses the prospect. I really don’t know if Machida can obtain/hold the title, considering the breadth of diverse talent in the division, but I admit I’m a fan and he certainly seems focused on it. After the way he evolved to defeat Mousasi I believe he can win the belt. We know Silva is championship material. Fighting a friend and close training partner certainly would evoke an internal conflict in me. They know each other’s weaknesses intimately; will they use such knowledge to their advantage? Then there’s the possibility of seriously injuring a friend. In the end they are professionals and understand the risks but still… I believe subconscious variables could be a factor in this match-up, if it happens. Machida didn’t pound Munoz when he hit him out, but he did it to T. Silva. That split-second hesitation could backfire, though I agreed with and understood his decision there. Just look at the bomb Machida landed on Mousasi in the final second of that match. It surprised the hell out of me. I don’t think he would have done it to Silva or Munoz. Machida is more about honor than winning, it seems, and that’s the correct place for a man to be. Perhaps all I’m saying is that it’s thought- provoking. Silva will return, and he’s amazing. Machida is equally impressive. These worlds look set to collide.

        • InTheColosseumTonight

          Well spoken sir.

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  • deepgrim

    seems slightly convenient that there is nike advertising in that photo. i wonder if the photo is stagged a bit. while i understand he is making a great recovery i would be amazed if he is actually back grappling less than 2 months after the break

    • Guest

      It could be staged. it certainly looks so.

      i believe he is actually grappling though, but on some serious pain killers probably.

    • fern

      so many people follow him on tweeter or instagram (or whatever the hell people use nowadays) that Nike probably cut him a giant check just for that post

  • InTheColosseumTonight

    I wonder if the spider intends to return to middleweight(where his bro Machida fights) or if he will move up to light heavy. Part of me hopes he moves up to shake things up in 205. So glad to see this guy getting back into action so soon.

    • deepgrim

      i think ultimately he is going to 205, he has nothing to prove at 185 except that he can beat weidman but he would have to win quite a few fights first. maybe if gsp is available that fight could be made at 185

  • Denny Swain

    In training, anderson is in top control. In real fight anderson is in bottom position.

    • InTheColosseumTonight

      LOL. maybe he is going to start wrestle-f#%cking people

  • Jacob K

    Knee on belly with a metal rod for a shin. Ooowww.

  • Jon Doe

    Is having a Titanium reinforced shin considered a weapon?