Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva is sparring again, months after breaking his left leg in his fight against reigning title-holder Chris Weidman back in December.
Silva announced on his official Twitter account that he has received clearance from his doctor to return to sparring and later, a video surfaced that showed the "Spider" working with his trainer inside a boxing ring.
The 39-year-old Silva moved well enough, but was clearly not at his peak physical form. He later admitted to a child watching at ringside that he still felt somewhat afraid, though he insisted that he is "fine."
"I just can't kick and jump, and other things I cannot do," said Silva.
When asked by the child when he was going to return to the Octagon, Silva firmly answered: "Next year."
"I give my scout's honor. Next year. Scouts never lie," Silva told the child.
Silva's left leg snapped while he attempted to kick Weidman in the second round of their fight last December. He underwent surgery immediately, and the UFC later said his recovery can take some six months.
His doctor, Dr. Marcio Tannure, told MMA Fighting last week that Silva "has to start slowly."
"It still is really hard for him to work on that," said the doctor. "He feels unsafe now, maybe sees some images in his head, so we can’t demand too much from him right now."
"That's the toughest barrier to overcome. He will only lose this fear with training, and then he will know if he’s ready to fight or not," Tannure added.
In the video, Silva was shown inside the Octagon, and in address to the fans, he said: "Quitting is taking an eternal defeat, and in the Team Nogueira, we never give up."