Silva rules out return in 2014


Posted at Mar 21 2014 06:41 PM | Updated as of Mar 22 2014 02:41 AM

MANILA – Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has dismissed talk of his possible return to the octagon in 2014, saying he will spend the rest of the year healing his injured leg.

"These rumors that I’ll fight at UFC 181 or any other event around that date aren’t true," Silva said in MMA Fighting. "This year is over for me. There’s a chance I’ll fight in the first half of 2015."

The Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar accidentally broke his leg while challenging Chris Weidman in UFC 168 last December.

He added that he doesn’t see himself getting into a title fight when he returns to the UFC, stressing that his champion days “are over.”

"Anderson’s phase as the champion is over," he said. "Fighting for (the title) is a little far away from me."

Silva, however, said he won’t be retiring just yet.

"My family has been asking me for years to stop fighting, and they need to understand that this is what I love to do and that I need to have my time. My goal in the sport was to become a reference in this sport, and I’m achieving this," he said.