Report: Anderson Silva Not Retiring, Will Return to UFC According to Manager

While many, including myself, were calling upon former UFC middleweight champion and likely greatest mixed martial artist of all time Anderson Silva to retire following UFC 168, apparently "The Spider" is looking for one more go in the Octagon.

Generally correct tabloid TMZ reached out to Silva's manager Jorge Guimaraes, who minced no words in discussing the Brazilian's future in the sport.

"Trust me, he will be back," said Guimaraes. "He had his second X-ray [Thursday] and everything looks great. It was a clean break so the nerves are okay. Heís already started physical therapy and heís moving his toes."
This news, if true, comes as something of a surprise.

Silva, for those who somehow don't remember, badly broke his leg against current middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168. While throwing leg kicks, Silva went shin-to-knee, which resulted in him snapping his tibia and fibula and left him writhing in agony on the mat. It was an ugly scene that even jaded MMA fans and media were uncomfortable seeing.

In addition to that, he also dropped numerous hints before the fight that he was considering retirement afterward, regardless of the outcome. For him to return at all would have been somewhat surprising, never mind him returning after such a horrific injury.

Even the most bullish Silva fans, however, need to dial back expectations. Recuperating from the injury and the resulting surgery can require up to a year. That doesn't even address the fact that he will likely need to go back under the knife again in 2014, per Dr. Steve Mora's breakdown with Bloody Elbow.

Either way, Silva is reportedly in good spirits. Regardless of whether he chooses to get back into fighting, here's to hoping that he has a speedy recovery.

Chris Weidman: 'I Honestly Would Feel Bad' Fighting Anderson Silva Again

While it hasn't been stated formally, it seems like a forgone conclusion that fight fans won't see a trilogy between living legend Anderson Silva and current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

Weidman won both encounters at UFC 162 and UFC 168 in decisive fashion, even though some naysayers believe both victories had a fluke feel to it.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times on Friday, "The All-American" explained that if the 38-year-old Silva does decide to return to the Octagon after recovering from his broken leg, he can't envision fighting him a third time:

Itís a tough injury to come back from. I honestly would feel bad to fight him again. I know heís going to be a little hesitant to kick me. He has to worry about getting knocked out. Iíve dropped him twice, knocked him out once. And I donít know if itíd even be a fair fight to take. There has to be a lot going through his head. Got a leg broken, got knocked out, got dropped. I donít know where he is mentally, but fighting is 90% mental.
According to the UFC's official pound-for-pound rankings, Weidman is the No. 5 fighter in the world while Silva comes in at No. 7.

The middleweight rankings also still have Silva at No. 1, right ahead of upcoming title challenger Vitor Belfort (whom Silva beat in February 2011). Belfort is expected to fight Weidman for the belt in Las Vegas in May, per ESPN.

Weidman is the only fighter to knock out Silva in 39 professional fights, and is the only competitor to best Silva twice in his 16-and-a-half-year career.

Still, the Serra-Longo Fight Team standout will continue to hear criticism due to the fact that Silva taunted him excessively during their first bout in July and the freakish nature of Silva's broken left shin during the rematch last Saturday.