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Anderson Silva already back hitting pads (Video)

Anderson Silva working outAnderson Silva appears to be making excellent progress in his return from a broken leg.

Silva, who broke his left leg kicking Chris Weidman during a TKO loss at UFC 168 in December (watch video here), is back in the gym and hitting pads. His manager, Ed Soares, posted video on Tuesday of Silva working out with coach Marco Morales.

Silva isn’t exactly bouncing around on the floor nor his he hitting with ferociousness, but that’s still a great sign.

UFC boss Dana White has said that Silva could fight by the end of the year.

Anderson Silva’s manager wants a fight with GSP next

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva has a long recovery period ahead of him after he broke his leg in his rematch with Chris Weidman, but it sounds like he already has his eye on a potential first fight back.

In comments to MMA Junkie, both of Silva’s managers expressed interest in a superfight with Georges St-Pierre when Silva recovers. St-Pierre also happens to be on a break from the sport, but that’s not stopping the managers from dreaming big.

“Don’t you think that’s an option?” Jorge Guimaraes told MMAjunkie about a Silva-GSP fiht.

Silva’s other manager, Ed Soares, also expressed interest in the superfight.

“Man, if we were able to pull something like that off, it would be a win-win for everybody — the fans, the UFC,” Soares told MMA Junkie. “I think that would be awesome.”

St-Pierre (25-2) vacated his title belt last month after beating Johny Hendricks in a controversial split decision. GSP didn’t say he was retiring from the sport, but he said he was taking a break and left open the possibility for a return.

One problem with this scenario proposed by Silva’s team is that GSP has expressed a reluctance to fight Silva. One of his big issues is the size difference between the two; St-Pierre is a welterweight and fights at 170, while the Spider is larger and teeters between middleweight and light heavyweight. Even though the two could meet at a weight in between, I question whether St-Pierre would be interested in fighting Silva. The only thing that might change his mind is the fact that Silva has lost two fights in a row and will be coming off a broken leg.

Ronda Rousey reacted to Anderson Silva’s injury like the rest of us (GIF)

Ronda-Rousey-Anderson-Silva-reactionThe broken leg that Anderson Silva suffered during his loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 168 over the weekend was one of the nastiest injury’s the sport has ever seen. If you have watched the replay of the moment where Silva snapped his leg, you must have a pretty strong stomach. In fact, it was so bad that even Ronda Rousey almost fell out of her seat when she saw it.

After retaining her UFC title by submitting Miesha Tate with an armbar, Rousey watched the Silva-Weidman fight in her locker room. A hidden camera captured her reaction to Silva’s broken leg. Rousey may be one of the toughest women in the world and someone who is capable of beating up men at movie theaters, but the flopping leg made her cringe like anyone else.

Rousey’s reaction was much more reasonable than the one we think we heard from Weidman’s corner.

GIF via For the Win

Did someone in Chris Weidman’s corner say ‘good, f— him’ after Anderson Silva broke leg? (Video)

Anderson Silva leg breakA video that’s starting to make the rounds on the ‘net seems to show that someone in Chris Weidman’s corner said “good, f— him” after Anderson Silva broke his leg in the second round of the fight between the two at UFC 168 on Saturday.

[Video: Anderson Silva suffers broken leg against Chris Weidman]

Weidman seemed to win the first round of the fight and was up in the second when he checked a kick from Silva that resulted in Silva snapping his tibia and fibula. The broken leg led to Weidman winning by second-round TKO.

I listened to the audio several times and it sure sounds like that’s what someone said. Certainly the tone in which it was barked didn’t sound positive.

Though this video will likely come across as Weidman’s team being extremely disrespectful towards Silva, I’m going to give them a break on this. When you’re in the moment and in a heated fight like that, I think that’s almost a natural reaction. Heck, you saw Weidman running around the octagon in celebration until he realized how badly Silva was hurt. He stopped celebrating at that point and then showed some compassion for his opponent.

Bloody Elbow also notes that Weidman could be heard calling Silva a “disrespectful piece of s—” after beating him at UFC 162. Keep in mind that Silva was extremely disrespectful towards Weidman during the fight and actually lost because he was showboating and left himself open.

I think this video is going to make the people in Weidman’s corner look a lot worse than they are.

Anderson Silva suffers broken leg against Chris Weidman (Video)

Anderson Silva lost to Chris Weidman for the second time in a row, only this time it was due to a horrific injury.

Silva broke his leg trying to kick Weidman in the second round of their fight at UFC 168. Silva obviously was unable to continue and lost by TKO.

Anderson Silva leg break

After the fight, Weidman paid his respects to Silva.

“Regardless of what happened in this fight, he’s still known as the greatest of all-time.”

Silva had to be stretchered out of the arena:

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Anderson Silva suggests Steven Seagal’s influence on him overstated

Steven Seagal has been credited for being an influence on Brazilian MMA superstar Anderson Silva, but Silva downplayed how much of an impact the actor has had on his successful fighting career.

Steven Seagal Anderson SilvaSilva made his comments in English during a recent interview with Whoa! TV.

“Steven Seagal is good man. He no coach, no train me, but he is good man. He is a good person. That’s it,” Silva told Whoa! TV.

Silva was asked about supposedly being taught by Seagal how to do the front kick used to knock out Vitor Belfort.

“I trained front kick for a long time,” Silva said. “I started to train martial arts a long time ago. Steven Seagal showed me the movement, the little movement. I working hard on this kick for a long time in my life.”

This sort of matches what Silva said after the fight. Silva said after beating Belfort that Seagal helped him perfect the kick. Regardless, the friendship/association between the two became a popular subject matter for the future.

Seagal talked Silva up a whole bunch prior to Silva’s rematch with Chael Sonnen. He even got Silva a role in a police movie.

Despite all the hype surrounding the relationship, Brazilian fighter Demian Maia called it all a lie. The connection between Silva and Seagal might not be a lie, but if Anderson’s words are any indication, Seagal is not as much of an influence on the Brazilian’s career as we had been led to believe.

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Georges St-Pierre still thinks Anderson Silva is the best

Georges St-PierreEven though Anderson Silva lost in his last fight, Georges St-Pierre still considers him to be the best fighter in the world. The two are often mentioned in the same context along with Jon Jones as the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. There have even been calls from fans and media to have GSP and Silva meet in a superfight, though St-Pierre is unlikely to agree to that. That’s probably because of the weight difference between the two, and because of how highly GSP thinks of Silva.

“I still believe Anderson Silva is the best in the world pound-for-pound,” GSP said this week at the UFC World Tour in Los Angeles, via MMA Junkie. “It’s a mistake he made. He got beat by Chris Weidman. I believe it was a style match-up and he got caught.  I believe he’s the best in the world. Even the best can lose sometimes.”

GSP and Weidman are friends, so he was happy that his training partner got the win. But he learned a lot from the upset.

“When I saw that fight, you know, of course Chris Weidman is my friend and training partner, I was cheering for him and I thought he was going to win because the style match-up and he was very well-prepared. But it made me realize when I was watching that fight that even the best can lose sometimes.

“As much as I feel happy for Chris because it cannot happen to a better man than Chris Weidman, it woke me up to see Anderson falling like this.  As much as I feel happy for Chris, I feel sad for Anderson.  It can happen to anybody.”

St-Pierre is 24-2 and, like Silva, has a long winning streak going. He takes an 11-fight winning streak into his November matchup with Johny Hendricks. And it sounds like he will be completely on guard thanks to Silva’s stunning loss.