Anderson Silva Thought His Career Was Over, Intends to Fulfill 10-Fight Contract

October 14, 2014
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“I believe on fight night, I will be 100 percent.”

That was the farthest thing from former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s mind 10 months ago.

Silva suffered a severely broken leg in his UFC 168 headlining rematch with middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Silva launched one of his thunderous leg kicks, but it was checked by the champion. That’s when Silva’s left tibia and fibula snapped.

He tried to put weight on the leg, immediately crumpling to the floor in agony.

The fight was over, but soon after, Silva thought his career was as well.

Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman UFC 162 staredown“It was very tough moments. It’s something I don’t like to remember too much,” said Silva at press conference in Brazil on Tuesday. “It was a lot of pain, the moment when I broke my leg. When I realized my leg was broken, I thought my career was over.

“A million things went through my mind. I was depressed; I was very upset. If I didn’t have the people that I have by my side, maybe I wouldn’t come back.”

Everyone rallied around Silva. Everyone from UFC president Dana White and company CEO Lorenzo Fertitta to Silva’s longtime coach, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, to entrusted doctors, family, and friends.

Their web of support gave “The Spider” the inspiration to rally himself and target a return to the Octagon.

The injury was a setback, but may also have served as an unwanted impetus to refocus.

“In the beginning it was a trauma for me, but not anymore,” said Silva. “I think that I’m coming back in a new phase of my life. It wasn’t a good experience, but I don’t think it’s going to be a hinder on me.

“My motivation to fight is always the will inside me to fight. (I changed a lot) I’m more mature,” he continued. “I’m very happy to be able to come back and do this again. I didn’t think I’d be able to do this again.”

He used to not like some of the training he had to do. It had become a chore. Now, graced with the opportunity to do something he thought he’d never be able to do again, Silva is happy dealing with the minutiae. He’s happy to be doing the simple things, such as running.

“Now, I’m running every day, like Forrest Gump. Now, my main motivation is to come back and do what I’ve done (before).”

And for those that think that means Silva is returning just long enough to get in the Octagon and prove that he could overcome the strife and recover from such a debilitating injury, no, that’s not it.

Proving to everyone, mostly himself, that he could come back, is surely a part of the motivation, but Silva’s not in it for a one-and-done effort when he steps in the Octagon with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Jan. 31.

SEE ALSO: Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz

He still has seven fights left on a 10-fight UFC contract. At 39 years of age, he intends to fulfill the contract… and maybe more.

“I intend to do all of my fights,” said Silva. “And Dana said before the seven fights are over, so you don’t run away, we’ll renegotiate your contract again. He’s the boss. It’s all good.”

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  • Joe Dog

    Yeah right. At his age he’d be like 50 when he completes 10 fights. I predict that he will go out gracefully after beating a couple easy high profile guys starting with Diaz. Ten fights in your 40s? Not probable.

    • Dave

      do u you realize this isn’t his first fight of his contract right? idiot. do some research before you post.

      • Kris-tyahn

        Do you honestly think Silva will get 7 more fights in the UFC?!? Unles he intends to fight “bums” no way Silva will last 7 more fights, thats 2 fights a year, which is what Silva has been averaging the last few years. Let’s say Silva fights 3 times in 2015, that will leave him 4 more fights. And that all depends who he fights, if he stays healthy, and if he wins or loses and if he’ll ever man up and fight in his “original”/natural weight division… LHW!
        Silva walks around at HW weight 225-230lbs, but fights at 185lbs so that he can ALWAYS be the bigger, stronger fighter with the reach advantage. Sonnen embarassed him 6 of 7 rounds and then Weidman, a bigger, stronger, better Sonnen with KO power came in and defeated him 2X, then Machida and Belfort should be next.
        If Silva loses to Nick Diaz, he should retire, b/c that would be the biggest embarassment EVER! Silva should destroy Diaz in under 2 rounds. Silva vs. Souza would be a great fight to see.

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    That 10 fight number was just an arbitrary number they used to keep him locked into UFC for life (or until they see fit to waive him) , I dont know why Anderson see’s that as some sanctimonious finish line.