Fitness | Training | Jan 13 2016

No Silva lining? Anderson Silva’s fight for fitness

Martin Potter considers whether Anderson Silva can come back
Anderson Silva
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WHEN Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva steps into the Octagon at London’s 02 arena on February 27, he will not only be facing Michael Bisping, he will also be taking on the might of Father Time; an opponent who always wins in the end.

A few years ago when Bisping originally wanted the bout the overwhelming consensus was that Silva would win decisively. Silva always won decisively. But then things changed…

If the knockout loss in his first fight with Chris Weidman caused some damage to Anderson’s mental state, the devastating injury suffered in the rematch defeat wrecked him both physically and psychologically. A lacklustre comeback win (later changed to a no contest) was followed by a ban for use of illegal substances and the question has to be asked: can a man who is now in his forties, having had back to back morale sapping defeats, a career threatening injury and two long layoffs really regain the fitness required, the mental fortitude required, to climb back to the top of the UFC mountain?


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