Anderson Silva was in the fight of his life this past weekend at UFC 117 as Chael Sonnen backed up his months of trash talk. The challenger took down and punished the champ for all 5 rounds, but Anderson Silva did the impossible. In the last few minutes of the last round he was able to lock up a triangle choke and submit Chael Sonnen. During the fight Silva looked noticeably slower than his usually self, with less head movement and less accurate shots.
Silva revealed at the post fight press conference that he suffered a rib injury while sparring in preparation for the fight. Silva said he was not using the injury as an excuse for Sonnen’s dominating performance, but it looks like it may have played a big role in the bout. Just today Guilherme Cruz of Tatame magazine posted on his Twitter page that Ramon Lemos, Silva’s BJJ coach, has confirmed that Silva will be out of action until early next year due to his rib injury.
While the internet haters will continue to hate, it seems like Silva did indeed suffer from a substantial injury leading up to his title defense at UFC 117, making his comeback win even more impressive. It looks like Sonnen will have quite a while to wait, and train, before he gets another shot at the Spider.
It looks like more info regarding Anderson Silva’s rib injury has surfaced. Ramon Lemos spoke to TATAME Magazine regarding the injury many believe Silva is using as an excuse to for his close call with defeat this past weekend. Silva told his corner after the first round that one of his ribs was indeed broken, Lemos said:
“After the first round he said he broke his ribs. He said told me he could not breath because of the rib. I told him to forget the rib and work the movement of legs and he would get the triangle… After the fight he went to the hospital and did an x-ray and the doctor said he did not break it, it was just a crack,” he said.
“Anderson is expected to return in February or March. We have not talked, but he has to take care of injuries, he fought twice last year and had an operation on his elbow. This year he made two more fights and now with this rib injury … He is no longer a boy, he is 34 years old.”
Check out the GIF below of Silva telling his corner about his injured rib. Silva said he hurt it during training before the fight, his coach said he was hurt in the first round. Until a definite answer is provided from Silva’s camp it looks like no one can be 100% sure. Silva could have injured the rib like he said during a sparring session, and during Sonnen’s vicious ground and pound he have bruised or cracked it even more. The internet haters can continue to hate for now. No matter how or when the injury happened, it looks like we may not see a rematch with Sonnen or a fight with Vitor until next year.
[Source: Twitter.com/_guicruz and fightersonlymagazine, Image source: Tatame, GIF source: MMAforum]