Mind Games: Anderson Silva's fight mentality might be a mess if he returns to UFC

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Jimi Manuwa says he'd like nothing more than to see Anderson Silva return to MMA, but "Poster Boy" feels "The Spider's" mental game could be a mess, given how his last fight ended.

The gruesome image of Anderson Silva's broken leg is still etched in the minds of fight fans who saw the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin's limb snap in two when it connected with Chris Weidman's shin at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013.

See the pics again here and the reactions to the injury here.

A "distraught" Jimi Manuwa was among the many who witnessed the unfortunate scene, and while he'd like nothing more than to see "The Spider" return to action and get back to his winning ways, "Poster Boy" says coming back from an injury like that will likely mess with the Brazilian's mental game...and his future game plans.

His words to The Telegraph:

"I was kind of distraught when I saw it, it ruined the whole thing. It was terrible to see a fellow fighter in so much pain. In the first round, I think he was just getting warmed up. He did the same thing with Chael Sonnen so I think he was just getting loose, then that happened. It was sad to see. I don't know. I don't know if I'd like to see him come back either, I'd like to see him come back and win but back from that injury I don't know. If he doesn't, he will have left a great legacy and record."

He continues:

"Yeah 100 percent (I'd like to see him back). I think anyone would be stupid to say they don't want to see him fight again, but it might mess with his mental game because kicking is one of his main weapons. It could mess with his mental game. But if he did fight again, he is the greatest that ever did it."

After undergoing successful surgery, Silva eyes a potential return to the Octagon later this year -- according to Dana White -- even though UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would prefer to see his idol retire from the fight game.

As for Manuawa, he plans on making his return to the cage as he puts his undefeated record (14-0, 3-0 UFC) up against Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 37 at the O2 Arena in London, England, on Mar. 8, 2014.

What say you, Maniacs, will the fear of suffering another broken leg force Silva to stray away from using his devastating kicking game in future bouts, if he indeed does make a return to the cage?

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