Slim and trim BJ Penn delivers message to Anderson Silva from Brazil: Obrigado!

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Who said long-distance relationships don't work?

B.J. Penn is training hard in Brazil and Anderson Silva is relaxing in California.

Wait, what?

The former welterweight and lightweight champion is preparing for his featherweight debut by doing work at Nova Uniao, where Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, among others, will get him into fighting shape for his third dance with Frankie Edgar this spring (details).

But he made sure to take some time to wish "The Spider" (via MMA Fighting) a speedy recovery.

"I wish you were here in [Brazil] with us, Anderson. I just want to say, a lot of people [are] talking. I just want to tell for you, whatever you decide, I support you. You're the best. You set the records. Obrigado. I'll see you when I come back home to the United States. Stay strong, Anderson."

Cockles are warm.

Silva has been sidelined indefinitely following his gruesome leg break at UFC 168 last month in Las Vegas. The Brazilian is expected to make a full recovery; however, whether or not he steps back into the Octagon remains to be seen.

It may depend on that long-rumored boxing match.

Until then, he has a ton of supporters wishing him well, including "The Prodigy," who will look to recapture some of his former glory after being bounced from the sport in late 2012. Hopefully, he can fare a little better than Silva did in his last bout.

He certainly looks to be in fighting shape.

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