The legend of Anderson “The Spider” Silva will always live on in the fight game for as long as fans remember his astonishing run in the UFC. I said that like he’s gone and never coming back.
Silva is expected to meet the Stockton slugger Nick Diaz, who just got stuck in the slammer for having multiple counts of DUI to his name, among other charges.
We last saw Silva when he went down with a serious compound fracture to his leg that ended his big rematch to regain the middleweight belt against Chris Weidman at UFC 168.
Now the Spider has his sights set on obliterating Diaz and coming after whoever is holding the title at that point in time, whether it’s Weidman or Vitor Belfort.
He spoke with Veja about his return to the Octagon on January 31 at UFC 183 and his plans on regaining what he feels is rightfully his — the UFC 185-pound championship belt.
(transcript courtesy of MMAFighting.com)
“Look, besides returning well in 2015, my project in the UFC is only one: I won’t stop (fighting) until I get my title back. I want to at least try. I’m over this thing of being champion, having the title. “The truth is, there will only be one Ayrton Senna, there will only be one Pele, and there will only be one Anderson Silva, so whoever saw me (as champion), saw me. Who haven’t seen me (as champion), won’t see it.”
And there is only one Chris Weidman, the man who served him with two separate beatings in both their meetings before going down with a horrific injury. Time will tell just how good he can rebound from such a tragic thing.
But as we saw with Dominick Cruz this past weekend (full fight video highlights here), there are athletes who can return after long layoffs looking better than ever. And Silva is the type of fighter who has that kind of strong focus on his fighting career.