While most fight fans hope that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Anderson Silva returns to the Octagon following the horrific leg break he suffered at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013, during his title fight against Chris Weidman, Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis hopes otherwise.
Not because he isn't a fan of "The Spider," but because according to "Showtime," Silva has nothing left to prove in mixed martial arts (MMA), accomplishing just about everything possible inside the eight-walled cage.
Pettis broke it down to Yahoo Sports:
"I hope he doesn't [come back], because why? His legacy is already fulfilled. What's he going to come back and win the belt? He's done what he's going to do in the sport. I couldn't even watch it. It was disgusting. It sucks because he's one of the greatest of all-time. He's the Muhammad Ali of MMA and the way he went out sucks."
As far as having to look away, you're not alone, "Showtime."
Pettis, however, will make a comeback of his own once he is ready and able following a knee surgery that forced him out of his first-ever title defense against Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 10 this past December.
"I have no pain. I didn't even take pain pills. Now it's just a waiting process. You have to wait for it to heal back up. The hardest thing to build back up is the confidence. Going in there [the Octagon] and knowing nothing is wrong."
Speaking of injured (former) champions, Dominick Cruz was recently stripped of his Bantamweight strap after he suffered yet another injury (groin), which forced him out of his title unification match against Renan Barao at UFC 169.
While the circumstances are truly unfortunate for "The Dominator," Pettis understands that the show must go on. And if he is ever out for an extended period of time, he would have no issues if he gets stripped of his 155-pound belt.
"I feel for him. Injuries are a part of the game and for someone to be out that long, I understand. But, if I'm out for a year, give someone else a chance. I was waiting for the title for a long time, so I understand that."
Though Pettis would be fine never seeing Silva fight inside the cage again -- for his legacy's sake -- all signs are pointing to "The Spider" continuing on with his MMA career.
Music to the ears of most fight fans everywhere.