Silva Ready To Return Following Knee Surgery
“The Spider” is not down and out just yet.
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva underwent successful knee surgery. Silva suffered the injury following his last bout with Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 back in May 2019. A kick to Silva’s right leg forced the fight to stop. According to ESPN, Silva went through a regenerative stem-cell procedure.
Recovery time is expected to be two weeks. After that, he can continue training. In a post on Instagram, Silva (34-10, 1NC) stated he will look to complete the two fights left on his UFC deal.
“I finished my knee surgery. I will recover now,” Silva stated, via MMA Fighting. “I’m fine, and wanted to thank everyone’s support… I’ll be 100 percent soon, and do my two fights in the UFC. I wanted to thank every UFC fan. I finished my surgery and everything is fine, I’m going home. Thanks.”
One of the most decorated fighters of all time, Silva fought in PRIDE and Cage Rage before joining the UFC in 2006. He was on a 17-fight win streak before he lost in a famed upset bout at UFC 162 against Chris Weidman. Since then, Silva has gone 1-6 with one no-contest. He fought twice in 2019, losing to Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision at UFC 234 and Cannonier in May.
Silva’s last win was in 2017 against Derek Brunson. He is now looking to get back into fight shape and prove he is still able to compete.