There was always a feeling that Anderson Silva would never be the same after that horrendous leg break against Chris Weidman.
The Brazilian great suffered the injury in his rematch against Chris Weidman, when the then-champion perfectly checked a low leg kick.
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The injury sidelined “The Spider” for 13 months and since returning he hasn’t looked like his old self (but he has looked like his old self) inside the Octagon. He followed up his somewhat sub-par decision win over Nick Diaz with a unanimous decision loss to Michael Bisping at UFC London.
Silva only showed glimpses of his lightning quick, free-flowing striking style against the Count and his coach Luiz Dorea told MMAFight.com the reason why he seemed a little bit gun shy.
“He felt a kick he landed in the first round, thought he cracked his leg and a screw moved. That limited his movements, made him stop attacking for a moment.”
“I asked him to attack, but he said ‘professor, I’m feeling it, I have no confidence.’ I said ‘use your heart, you’re Anderson Silva, go after him,’ That slowed him down a bit.”
Silva was evaluated by doctors, who confirmed he had suffered an injury. The good news, however, is that it will not require surgery.
“Silva did some exams after the fight. He suffered an injury, but the screw didn’t move. I don’t know how bad the injury was, but I know the screw didn’t move and he won’t need a surgery. He was in pain, he couldn’t even put his shoes on, but he’s fine now.”