Dana White on ESPN SportsNation video: 'Anderson Silva will be back fighting before the end of the year'

Anderson Silva still can't walk under his own power, so he needs to pick up the pace a little bit if he wants to meet his employer's deadline.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has no problem talking about Anderson Silva's next fight.

As long as it doesn't involve this guy.

In fact, White expects his former middleweight champion to be back inside the Octagon before the end of the year, which is a fairly optimistic outlook, considering the man who operated on "The Spider" said it could take that long just to throw another leg kick.

After all, the last one he launched ended up splitting him in two (see new footage here).

White was a recent guest on ESPN SportsNation and went into greater detail about Silva's recovery process and whether or not he expects the ex-champ to complete a trilogy against Chris Weidman, the man who defeated him at UFC 162 and most recently, UFC 168.

His answer -- based on the fact that Silva is still on crutches -- was the tried-and-true "We'll see what happens."

Indeed.

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