Corey Hill Says Anderson Silva Will Have a Long Comeback Road
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.31.2013
It won't be easy...
Corey Hill recently spoke with MMAjunkie about Anderson Silva's broken leg at UFC 168 and comparisons to his own injury. Check out the highlights:
On getting messages on the night of UFC 168: "My first words to my manager (were), ‘Who broke their leg?'...I couldn't wish that on anybody, friend or foe."
On whether Silva's injury has brought up memories: "Some good, but obviously a lot of bad. The pain associated with any compound fracture is something to deal with in and of itself, (as are) some of the struggles my family endured during that time. We all kind of reflected and found some bright points."
On his own recovery from his broken leg: "I'll never, ever be the same as when I stepped into that cage Dec. 10, 2008. But that's the territory you live with when you sign the contract."
On Silva's recovery: "The biggest thing that he's going to face is the aspect of, we're human warriors and gladiators, so to speak – we make our living getting in the cage and going to war. So he's going to have that question – ‘My body failed me. Is that a sign for me? Is that a sign for me to leave this alone?' He's going to have doubts about the whys. The big thing with me was, ‘Why me, why now?' Only God knows those answers."
On fan criticism: "There's a lot of people out there that are going to say, ‘We're glad that happened to you.' He's going to experience the insensitivity of people. I think a lot of people downplay how serious this is for him, or anybody on that magnitude of a stage – to be a main event, worldwide, and to have that happen. It sounds crazy, but he's going to deal with some embarrassment."
On the mental aspects of a comeback from such an injury: I speak from experience when I say even if he makes it back, it will always be in the back of his mind. It's something he'll never forget, and his family, they'll take that with them until their end."
On Silva: "Guys like Anderson don't come every day. If there's anybody capable of a comeback, it would be Anderson Silva. And we have the blueprint for him. At least he doesn't have to worry about being homeless for three years."