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  • 06-20-2014, 09:32 PM
    Doctor clears Anderson Silva to begin sparring, cautions 'Spider' to 'start slowly'
    Dr. Marcio Tannure talks to MMA Fighting:

    "He was already cleared by his doctors in the United States, but he likes to hear my opinion because I was with him in every step of his recovery, including the surgery. There's no exact recovery timetable for this type of injury. It could take three months or one year, but he had a good recovery and we're happy. It's going as we expected. It would be really premature to say something now, he hasn't even sparred yet."

    I guess Dr. Tannure missed this video.

    Silva (33-6) has been releasing a steady stream of recovery videos on social media, which in turn has led mixed martial arts (MMA) fans to speculate as to when "The Spider" might return. While preliminary estimates put him back inside the cage in early 2015, his physician cautions him to start slowly.

    "His recovery was great, but now we have to work on his mind and get rid of the mental block. It could take a while, maybe not. It would be really hard to say right now he can or can't fight this year. It's not the moment, and he's the one that is going to feel it. He has to start slowly. It still is really hard for him to work on that. He feels unsafe now, maybe sees some images on his head, so we can't demand too much from him right now. That's the toughest barrier to overcome. He will only lose this fear with training, and then he will know if he's ready to fight or not."
  • 06-13-2014, 11:04 AM
    There are plenty of lighter fighters who would have no interest fighting Mayhem at 185 but would give up a significant size disadvantage just for the opportunity to share the octagon with arguably the greatest ever. To some that may sound hypocritical but the difference in the risk/reward ratio of both scenarios could not be further apart.
  • 06-13-2014, 10:44 AM
    He'd have a point, but Miller doesn't need a reason to act batshit fuckin crazy.
  • 06-13-2014, 10:32 AM
    Mayhem would be more than justified in complaining if Nick agrees to move up in weight.

  • 06-13-2014, 07:36 AM
    No, Diaz will go up to 185 to fight Silva and Mayhem Miller will come out and not shut up about it ever.
  • 06-13-2014, 07:19 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post

    99.9% sure that fight won't be at 170lbs, Silva's way too big for Diaz anyway waste of a fight IMO.
  • 06-12-2014, 11:31 PM
    White open to Diaz vs. Silva

    "I think it'd be tough for Anderson to make 170 [pounds]," White contended. "A few years ago he was saying he could do it, but I don't know about now. You're not getting any younger."

    Still, those are issues to iron out when the time comes. White noted he'll talk to both parties when the time is right. Until then, however, he's expressing nothing but enthusiasm for the idea. If the parties want it, he stated, he's in no position to stamp out their idea.

    "Anderson wants to fight Nick. Nick wants to fight Anderson," he said. "Why would I say no?"
  • 06-12-2014, 08:17 PM
    I honestly think he wins two or three fights and retires. I would have bet long money on Bisping as the comeback bout, but it's looking more like Diaz gets to see him first. If he wins those two, he's what, 41? 42? He can retire peacefully, gracefully.

    He doesn't owe anyone anything at this point in his career.

  • 06-12-2014, 05:38 PM
    Ashy Larry
    Quote Originally Posted by rivethead View Post
    I was just talking to a huge Anderson fan about Silva's return. This guy thinks he's going to make another run at the title and beat Weidman in a third fight. Conversely, the same guy has "absolutely zero interest" in the third Penn/Edgar fight, but would probably light himself on fire for the opportunity to watch Weidman beat up his idol again.

    MMA fans are weird.

    While I'm convinced Weidman has Silva's number, I am interested to see if Silva comes back and gets himself in a JDS situation where he beats the rest of the field with ease but can't get the belt. Probably not though. Middleweight is looking pretty stacked compared to a couple years ago.
  • 06-12-2014, 03:07 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by rivethead View Post
    If you look at his history, Anderson often used superior head movement to get fighters to commit to strikes while staying just outside of their range. One of the [many!] reasons why Anderson was so successful is he generally had a reach advantage over these opponents, meaning that he could stay just out of their range while putting an over-committed fighter within his own range. Couple that with a striker of a prime Anderson's speed and accuracy, and you're going to have a counterstrike clinic.

    It wasn't clowning, it was an effective strategy, but one that failed to account for Weidman's range. Anderson miscalculated in a deliberate and strategic move he'd played so often before, and it cost him.

    It was mental warfare as well. He had recently broken Okami and Bonnar's spirit with the strategy.
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