Happy New Year! I closed with that last week — not sure if it’s still appropriate five days later — but Happy New Year nonetheless and hope you were all safe celebrating this once-a-year event.
The last images of Silva were from UFC 168, when he was being taken out on a stretcher after breaking his left leg. Now the 38-year-old Brazilian is at home with his family, using crutches to get around. Even though many people (including UFC President Dana White), are unsure of Silva’s future following the injury, before going into surgery, Silva asked doctors, “When can I train?”
Not the first question most people would ask, but then again most of us aren’t professional athletes, much less professional fighters.
UFC orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Sanders, who performed the surgery, says Silva would be able to train in six to nine months, depending on the recovery time of the bone:
“You don’t rehabilitate a broken bone,” he says. “It heals on its own, and when it heals, it’s ready to go. The rehab is in relationship to the soft tissues.”
I guess we will see midway through the year where Silva’s recovery is at and what the future will hold for one of the best fighters in the world.
UFC IN SINGAPORE
In the year’s first MMA event, the UFC held Fight Night 34 in Singapore on Jan 4.
The main event between Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim earned Fight of the Night, as Saffiedine won a unanimous decision that saw back and forth action between the two.
In the co-main event, Japanese MMA legend Tatsuya Kawajiri, made his UFC debut and submitted Sean Soriano via rear-naked choke. After the fight, Kawajiri said Soriano was tougher than he anticipated, but called for a tougher opponent in his next fight.
Hawaiian Max Holloway got back into the win column with Knockout of the Night over Will Chope, and a $50,000 bonus. Holloway was looking to rebound from his tough decision loss to the popular Irishman Conor McGregor, who is still recovering from his torn ACL.
David Kano is lead writer for MMA Show News and co-host of The Hollywood MMA Show. You can follow him on Twitter @TheDKano.
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