Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva told UFC president Dan White he plans to return to the sport despite suffering a gruesome-looking broken leg in his Dec. 28 title fight against Chris Weidman, Fox Sports reported.
"He's looking at coming back," White said, according to the report.
White said Silva was adamant in his desire to return when he visited Silva in the hospital last week. White said Silva told him, "I'll be back."
White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta were scheduled to visit Silva at his Los Angeles home on Friday. However, that meeting is not expected to center on Silva's timetable for a possible return.
"We'll talk in about six or seven months," White said, regarding Silva's plans to fight again.
Silva's leg was broken when his attempted leg kick was stopped by Weidman, causing Silva's tibia to snap and wrap around Weidman's leg.
Silva had surgery to put a rod into his leg, and Dr. Steven Sanders, who performed the procedure, said Silva could return to training in about nine months, according to the Fox Sports report.