The ex-UFC middleweight champion, who on Saturday returns to fight for the first time since a gruesome injury at UFC 168, appreciates the concern. But he wants to move on with his life.
“This is the question all the people ask,” he said during a meeting with media in Los Angeles. “I see it, but I don’t want to talk more about this, because it’s done. New Anderson.”
Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) headlines UFC 183 opposite onetime welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC), who’s also returning from a long layoff.
Diaz, a former Strikeforce champ, left the sport after an unsuccessful bid for the 170-pound title against then-champ Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158.
UFC 183 takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Although the circumstances of their layoffs are far different, Silva shares with Diaz a wait-and-see attitude about what the future holds for his career. His injury, which occurred when now-champ Chris Weidman blocked a leg kick at the December 2013 pay-per-view event, prompted questions of whether he should call it a career after a record-breaking run as champion.
Silva chose to soldier on, undergoing an extensive physical therapy regimen to rehabilitate his leg. In a previous media call, he said he will be going into the octagon with a metal rod holding together his left tibia bone.
“Maybe I go to fight one more fight, maybe I have five more years,” Silva said. “I don’t know. But now, I’m OK.”
So, the ex-champ says: Stop asking him if he’s OK.