MANILA, Philippines – One of Anderson Silva’s coaches said the former UFC middleweight champion wants to return to the Octagon once he has recovered from the gruesome leg injury he suffered at UFC 168 against Chris Weidman.
“At the hospital, Anderson told me, ‘I will be back, master. I will be back,’” Silva’s coach Pedro Rizzo said in an interview with MMA Fighting.
Silva was challenging Weidman for the middleweight belt when the champion blocked his kick in the second round, breaking the Brazilian’s left leg. The bout was immediately called off as Silva collapsed to the canvas in obvious agony.
He has since undergone surgery and is expected to be out of action for up to six months.
“I told him, ‘Yeah, you’ll come back home to recover and rest.' And he said, ‘I will be back, master,’” Rizzo continued.
“He’s a fighter. He has six months to recover, heal, and then decide what he’s going to do next,” he added.
Rizzo, who was in Silva’s corner when the injury happened, said he had been “absolutely positive” that the Brazilian will win the fight and regain the title that he had lost to Weidman in July.
“I worked with him since the Vitor Belfort fight, and I never saw him in better shape,” said Rizzo. “We always expected that Weidman could be better in the first round, but Anderson always stars slowly and then gets loose.”
“We’ll never know what would have happened, though,” he added.
But Rizzo also shot down the notion that Weidman was “lucky” to beat Silva for a second time.
“Weidman blocked the kick and it happened,” he said. “It happens all the time in muay thai fights – broken legs or deep cuts.”
“Weidman used a technique to block the kick, but breaking the leg was an accident. He wasn’t lucky, but we were the ones that had bad luck,” Rizzo added.