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Wanderlei Silva admits he 'could have died' after being hit by car on his bike

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Wanderlei Silva was a victim of a hit-and-run accident in Curitiba on Wednesday night.

The former Pride middleweight champion was hit by a car when he was riding a bicycle on his way home after a training session. Silva will need shoulder and knee surgery, but the situation could have been even worse.

"I’m extreme in everything I do. Everybody says that bicycle was dangerous, and I believed that the right of coming and going was the same for everyone, cars, bikes and people, but I felt that it’s not exactly like that," Silva posted on his social media.

"I suffered a serious accident, will have to undergo shoulder and left knee surgery. A man that saw (the accident) said ‘you were born again’, and the man that hit me didn’t stop to help! I’m really upset because I could have died. My helmet is broken, and I don’t know what would have happened if I weren’t using it."

Silva returned to action in April, competing to a draw with Kazushi Sakuraba and Hideo Tokoro in a tag-team grappling match at Rizin 1, and was expected to enter his first MMA bout since 2013 later this year in Japan.

"I had severe injuries and don’t know what’s going to happen, but I believe in God and I know everything has a reason," he wrote. "I will do my best and let it be what God wants. I could have died if I weren’t using a helmet. That made me rethink my life and made me grow a lot. Live well because it’s over soon. God bless you -- and if you’re riding a bike, use a helmet because we never know when we’re going to need it."

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