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Anderson Silva vows to return to UFC cage

According to a Jan. 4 post from Bleacher Report, former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva (33-6) plans to return to the UFC's world-famous Octagon, perhaps as early as 2015.

Anderson Silva vows to return to the UFC cage
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Silva's manager, Jorge Guimaraes, told TMZ.com that the legendary Brazilian has already started rehabbing from the gruesome leg injury he suffered during his UFC 168 fight against Chris Weidman.

"Trust me, he will be back," said Guimaraes. "He had his second X-ray [Thursday] and everything looks great. It was a clean break so the nerves are okay. He’s already started physical therapy and he’s moving his toes."

Silva himself also reportedly told MMA legend Pedro Rizzo that he wants to keep his MMA career going.

"At the hospital, Anderson told me ‘I will be back, master. I will be back,’" Rizzo told MMAFighting.com. "I told him ‘yeah, you’ll be back home to recover and rest'. And he said 'I will be back, master.’ He's a fighter. He has six months to recover, heal and then decide what he’s going to do next.

"He has everything to come back to fighting if he wants. He has a good head to handle all the pressure from the UFC through all these years. Anderson will decide that. He just broke a leg, he has a lot of things to think now. He has nothing left to prove inside the Octagon. But if he decides to fight again, we will be there to help him."

If Silva does come back, don't expect him to fight current UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman again.

Weidman apparently has no interest in battling Silva a third time.

"It’s a tough injury to come back from,” Weidman said of Silva's leg break. “I honestly would feel bad to fight him again. I know he’s going to be a little hesitant to kick me. He has to worry about getting knocked out. I’ve dropped him twice, knocked him out once. And I don’t know if it’d even be a fair fight to take.

“There has to be a lot going through his head. Got a leg broken, got knocked out, got dropped. I don’t know where he is mentally, but fighting is 90% mental.”