This week, MMA legend Wanderlei Silva was injured in a hit-and-run accident in Curitiba, Brazil.
He was riding a bicycle home after a training session when he was struck by a car. The former Pride middleweight champion is going to need knee and shoulder surgery due to the injuries sustained. According to Silva, though, the incident was much worse than what was reported.
"I’m extreme in everything I do," posted Silva on his Instagram account. "Everybody says that bicycle was dangerous, and I believed that the right of coming and going was the same for everyone, cars, bikes and people, but I felt that it’s not exactly like that.
"I suffered a serious accident, will have to undergo shoulder and left knee surgery. A man that saw (the accident) said ‘you were born again,’ and the man that hit me didn’t stop to help! I’m really upset because I could have died. My helmet is broken, and I don’t know what would have happened if I weren’t using it."
Silva was expected to make his return to MMA later this year in Japan. He hasn't fought since 2013 where he won a fight against Brian Stann at UFC on Fuel TV. Since then, he has competed at Rizin 1 in a tag-team grappling match against Kazushi Sakuraba and Hideo Tokoro, which ended in a draw.
Even though the Brazilian middleweight doesn't know what's next for him, he isn't going to let his injuries keep him down too long though. His near-death experience has given him a new lease on life and he plans on taking advantage of that.
"I had severe injuries and don’t know what’s going to happen, but I believe in God and I know everything has a reason," posted Silva. "I will do my best and let it be what God wants. I could have died if I weren’t using a helmet. That made me rethink my life and made me grow a lot. Live well because it’s over soon. God bless you -- and if you’re riding a bike, use a helmet because we never know when we’re going to need it."
(Imaging via MMAWeekly.com)