Morning Report: Fighters overwhelmingly doubtful of Anderson Silva's possible return to fighting

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

With UFC 168's grisly action behind us, there seems to be no shortage of fans believing we've seen the last of former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Silva suffered a gruesome leg injury Saturday night during the second round of his co-main event championship bout with Chris Weidman at UFC 168. Silva was stretchered and carried out of the Octagon before being rushed into surgery in Las Vegas. In step with causal witnesses to Silva' s catastrophic leg injury, a bevy of pros look to be of the same opinion.


According to a report from the UFC's orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Sanders, Silva's procedure included work to repair a damaged left tibia and fibula. With no second surgery needed as of now, Dr. Sanders claims comparable injuries may require a recovery time anywhere from three to six months. With fighters suffering ligament damage that can sideline them nearly a year at a time, does the prognosis change your opinion of Silva's possible return to MMA?

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

UFC 168 aftermath. Dave Doyle recaps Rousey vs Tate, Anderson's injury, the event's winners and losers and more.

Statement. The UFC's official release regarding Silva's emergency surgery.

Out of surgery. Details on Anderson Silva's leg injury and when he's expected to be released.

Jones Jr. vs. Diaz? With Silva out of the picture for the time being, Roy Jones Jr. is now gunning to box Nick Diaz.

So there's a chance. An orthopedic surgeon lays out the road to recovery for Anderson Silva.

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MEDIA STEW

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Miesha Tate emotional backstage.

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Vitor Belfort: Getting the belt is my mission.

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2013 Bazzie Awards: Fight of the Year.

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Ronda Rousey's corner reaction to Anderson Silva's leg break.

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This Was GLORY 13 - Tokyo Highlights.

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Matt Serra on Chris Weidman's win at UFC 168.

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Anderson Silva leg break reaction compilation.

(via @MMehShow)

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Long watches. If you have the time check these out:

UFC 168: Q and A with Bruce Buffer and Vitor Belfort

Knuckle Up #437: The Limits of Finiteness, The Horror & The Stink of Death Everywhere

UFC 168: Special Presentation

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TWEETS

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Anderson doing better.

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

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Get well Anderson.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Dec. 27-29 2013)

Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann at UFC 170

Gilbert Melendez vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170


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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.

Lessons Learned and Matches to Make After UFC 168

I hate to say it because I know that others are going to say it... but the UFC 2013 calendar year ended on a bad break... literally. In what may have been the most anticipated rematch in the history of MMA (not just UFC), Anderson Silva broke his leg in half on a kick that was checked by Chris Weidman in the second round of their title fight and more than likely ended the career of the greatest MMA fighter in the history of the young sport. Thus, Weidman retains the title and the debate of who would win the fight (barring injury must be added now) if Silva were to take his opponent serious. It is a shame that the greatest year in the UFC's history ended in that fashion.

All was not lost for a night that ended on a disappointing note however. Fans were treated to a very entertaining title fight as the co-main event for the women's bantamweight title had everyone on the edge of their seat and even if the ending of it was predictable (Rousey by armbar), the timing of the end (3rd round) was largely unexpected. Tate showed a lot of heart dragging Rousey into untread waters as well as superb defense but in the end Rousey remained the champion much to the chagrin of the audience.

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