PRIDE legend Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva has been out of action since he took out UK middleweight Michael Bisping at UFC 110 almost a year ago. The Brazilian was scheduled to appear opposite Yoshihiro Akiyama in the co-main event of UFC 116 this past summer, but was forced out of the bout with a knee injury that required surgery.
Silva has been rehabbing the injury over the last several months and is returning to a point where he can compete inside the Octagon; once there, “The Axe Murderer” promises to deliver more memorable bouts for fight fans.
“I will repay with ‘treat’ fights, you’ll see. I feel proud for taking the name of our country around all the world. I will show our force, thank you very much,” Silva recently posted to his Twitter (props to Fighters Only for the translation).
“The Axe Murderer” thanks his fans and credited their outpouring of support for helping him get through the difficult post-surgery rehab and recovery.
“How great it is to get your support,” he wrote. “I went through very difficult times with these surgeries but you helped me a lot with your strength.”
There is no exact date currently being eyed for Silva’s return, though he has mentioned a desire to get back into the cage this spring, possibly against Brian Stann or a returning Alan Belcher.