Pic: Anderson Silva broken leg photo in full cast at home with family

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans haven't seen Anderson Silva in the flesh since his catastrophic leg injury last weekend at UFC 168. On his Twitter account, the former middleweight champion recently released a photo documenting his first steps on the road to recovery.

Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to retain his middleweight championship title in the main event of UFC 168 last weekend (Sat., Dec. 28, 2013) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That's what the box score says, but right next to where "TKO" is written it will also say "injury" in parentheses.

That injury was a severely broken leg (see the gruesome photos here, if you dare).

Earlier this week, "The Spider" released a photograph on his official Twitter account, wishing his fans a happy 2014 and thanking them for their support.

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The picture comes after a conference call where Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) doctor Steven Sanders confirmed that Silva was already on crutches -- something that amazed him due to the severity of the break -- and will continue to be reliant on them until his leg is strong enough to have full pressure on it.

And, according to Sanders, that day can't come soon enough for Silva, as he revealed how "The Spider" asked him numerous times before and after the surgery when he would be able to resume training.

Surely the story line of whether Silva retires -- or wont -- will take some winding turns before all is said and done, but for now, the future seems positive.

Too soon?

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