Dana White says Anderson Silva returning by year's end, but 'Spider' insists 'I no back' until 2015

Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

White suggests that Silva is being coy with the media ... or is it the other way around?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White said as far back as January that he expected former middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) as early as December of 2014.

Not so, according to "The Spider," who told fans in March the earliest he would make his UFC comeback was first quarter of 2015.

So, what's changed?

Nothing, apparently. White was on UFC Tonight last Wednesday (watch it) and told hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen that Silva was still on target for a 2014 return.

"I'd like to see him come back whenever he wants to come back. I think he'll be back before '15. He says a lot of things in the media like, 'I'll never fight Chael Sonnen again,' and then he does. You know what I mean? I think we'll have him before '15. But who knows? He's physically ready. I'm sure it's more mental now."

And once again, "The Spider" (via MMA HEAT) insisted he was sidelined until 2015.

"I back for next year. This year, I no back for fight. I have my plans. I have my family. I stay together my family. I work more in my academy in Brazil. So, next year, I don't know when, but next year."

A comeback would be amazing, no matter when it happens.

That's because Silva shattered his leg on a low kick against Chris Weidman at the UFC 168 pay-per-view (PPV) last December, and had to be carted from the arena on a stretcher. His age, combined with his wear and tear inside the cage, left a huge question mark over his future.

That was until we had a chance to witness his remarkable recovery, and barring any unforeseen setbacks, "The Spider" will crawl again.

Is normal.

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