UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva is viewed as one of MMA’s most vicious competitors, taking past opponents out in brutal fashion with a variety of techniques. He’s also seen as being a bit arrogant when it comes to the respect his shows his adversaries. However, a recent video from a doctor in Brazil makes it evident Silva’s character is also ripe with kindness and compassion.
In the clip, Silva is shown meeting with a young fan in a hospital. According to a report from MMAJunkie, the boy is stuck in a wheelchair for nine months after undergoing surgery to deal with a serious bone disease. Upon seeing the child’s immediate emotion, “The Spider” quickly kneels down and offers him some words of encouragement.
“Let me tell you something: You’ll need to do something very important for everyone. You’ll have to work hard so you can get better very soon. ‘Minotauro’ had the same problem, and he’s fighting again. Got it? So you have to work hard. I talked to the doctor. He’ll talk to ‘Minotauro’s’ doctor to see if she can help you too. That way you’ll get back to training as soon as possible,” explains Silva while referring to friend/teammate Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira who was also left in a wheelchair after being hit by a truck in his youth.
“Let’s get better fast so we can train. It’s a date. We’ll train when you get better,” Silva concludes while embracing the twelve-year old.
Though Silva’s mind might be on his July title-defense against Chris Weidman it’s clear where his heart is.
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