White believes the Brazilian legend has the heart, will and determination to return to the world-famous Octagon by the end of 2014.
“What’s crazy about that injury is he will be walking without crutches in a few weeks, he will be training in less than six months, and he will be fighting by the end of the year,” White said.
“So if you blow your ACL out, you’re out for a year and three months. You break your leg in half; you’re back before the end of the year.”
Silva's manager, Jorge Guimaraes, echoed White's comments on Silva.
“He’s sitting back right now. The guy is just thinking about other things, spending some time with his family here in Los Angeles. He feels good though,” said Guimaraes.
“It’s gonna be a lot of physical therapy, but he’s in the right place,” he continued.
“It might take a year, but I think no later than one year, he’ll be back.”
White thinks Silva will be fighting in the UFC by the end of 2014, but he wouldn't commit to the idea of a trilogy fight between him and current middleweight champ Chris Weidman.
“He’s got to come back first,” said White. “Let him start training, see what happens, and then we’ll go from there.”
Weidman already defeated Silva twice, so the trilogy fight isn't currently on the UFC's radar.