While Anderson Silva is ready to return to the Octagon on January 31 against Nick Diaz, he reportedly is still worried about how his injured leg will fare.
Thirteen months after breaking his left tibia and fibula at the UFC 168 main event in Las Vegas against Chris Weidman, Silva will return to the UFC 183 card in Vegas, but hasn’t been able to fully commit to his training sessions.
“I feel no pain at all,” Silva said in an interview to Fantastico. “My strength is back because I’m back to training. The hardest part is self-confidence, to kick again as I used to.”
In June, MMAFighting.com talked to Silva’s doctor, Dr. Marcio Tannure who said that the former UFC middleweight champion still felt “unsafe” about using his kick in trainin and that this was an “absolutely normal” reaction.
“I’ve worked with a psychologist so I can get rid of the ghosts of those horrible moments of that fight, when I had that accident,” Silva said of his rematch with Weidman in December. “I’m a little apprehensive in training. I know I can execute the movement, but I end up not doing it for fear.”
“Yeah, I won’t get hurt. I know I won’t get hurt, but fear is natural,” he added. “I don’t want to feel that pain ever again. No way.”
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