Anderson Silva is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in his title defense against Yushin Okami at UFC Rio, and on the latest episode of popular Brazilian Sunday talk show “Domingão de Faustão”, he claimed he hasn’t yet returned to training.
“I hope to be back fighting as soon as possible; I can’t take not training anymore. I want to get back to representing Brazil soon,” said the UFC middleweight champion.
Anderson also explained on the talk show that this was an extremely important year for MMA, since a much broader audience got to know the sport better.
“It used to have a negative image, because some practitioners don’t take our modality seriously… But that has now changed. Martial arts to me means having a conscience, the discipline to express our feelings—but not through violence. There’s already so much violence out there…” he said.
Watching the overhead big screen, the crowd applauded when a video clip showing the fighter’s career highlights was shown. “I made lots of sacrifices throughout my entire career in the sport, which had a lot to do with my making it to where I am today,” he said.