Dr. Marcio Tannure, who heads up the medical portion of the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA), Brazil’s regulatory MMA body, signed off on Silva sparring. Silva announced the news on his official Twitter account.
“Good news today, guys: Dr. Marcio Tannure released me for my first sparring after my leg fracture,” Silva wrote on Twitter in his native Portuguese.
Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC), who lives in Los Angeles, has been sidelined since late December after suffering a gruesome break of his left leg when Chris Weidman (11-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) checked a kick in their UFC 168 middleweight title fight.
Weidman won the fight by TKO when Silva’s leg snapped, and he defended the title he took from Silva in a big upset nearly a year ago at UFC 162 when he knocked the longtime pound-for-pound king out in the second round.
Silva is planning to return to the sport, but opinions vary on when he might be ready to come back. Most estimates put a full return at late 2014 or early 2015.
The progress “The Spider” has made since the break has been fairly phenomenal and ahead of most early estimates of when he might get back to training. In early February, he walked down stairs. Midway through the month, he posted a training photo online, saying that “I’m coming back.” Eight weeks after the injury, he already was hitting pads.
Silva has been back in the news again recently – though he’s never been far from it – when UFC President Dana White said he was interested in putting together a fight between Silva, a middleweight who occasionally has fought up at light heavyweight, and Nick Diaz, a welterweight who twice has fought higher than that, but never all the way to 185 pounds.
Silva’s precise return obviously is still way up in the air. But for now, the fighter apparently takes some confidence in each step along the way.