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Monday, 09/05/2011, 12:46 pm

Anderson Silva Was Injured in Latest Bout with Okami


“A month before the fight, I hurt my shoulder training with Junior dos Santos and stepped in feeling pain in Rio. I had to take painkillers and advised the Athletic Commission about the medicine I took. I talked to my doctors a lot. I did MRI right after and began to feel pain on the shoulder and the medics released me. They told me that was not too bad. It is a small lesion, in manguito (rotador) muscle I think, but it bothers me. I will take some time resting to do the treatment.”

According to an interview conducted with Brazilian media outlet, Veja.com, UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva was injured during his recent title defense against Japanese import, Yushin Okami.

By most athletic commission standards, pain killers prior to a bout would be considered banned and illegal, however the lack of a commission in Brazil means that the ZUFFA designated team had to approve of the treatment on their own.

While he may have looked indestructible in the cage, is it still appropriate to allow such practices?


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49 Comments to Anderson Silva Was Injured in Latest Bout with Okami

  1. Michael says:

    Well it’s not like Okami came close to causing SIlva any pain…so, not really a factor.

  2. A.Sethi says:

    Has anyone else noticed the strange trend of Anderson always getting injured during the end of the year?

  3. Dave says:

    No problem with that. PED’s are different story.

  4. steve says:

    does anyone else notice silva taking the vaseline off his face and rubbing it on his body when hes waiting for the fight to start or am i the only one?

  5. Jro says:

    I don’t agree with it. I know Okami didn’t come close to hurting Anderson. But hypothetically speaking that he could have done, and he had Anderson in a submission hold, it’s an unfair advantage to be on drugs preventing you feeling that pain and potentially submitting.

    I know in this bout it might not have made any difference. But in future bouts held in Brazil, can that be considered fair practice again? I don’t think so.

    A drug that gives you an inability to feel pain is a performance enhancer in a fight, in my option.

    • Mightylubu898 says:

      Then you obviously never had an opiate addiction. I was addicted to opiates for a long time and they NEVER made me want to get up and do strenuous activities. There’s no way it’s a PED.

      • JJ says:

        I absolutely know squat about addiction but i can tell you that sportsmen use painkillers so they can play at their optimum when injured, generally because without them they wouldn’t be able to play, which pretty much opitimises performance enhancing, without the pain killers they would not be able to perform as well, if at all.

    • Destruction says:

      jro and jj, pain killers don’t do shit for things that are about to happen they mask shit that is already there. have you not been in a fight before??? if you have you should know after the first punch it doesn’t hurt adrenalin and aggression kicks in and it’s sweet as from there. might be performance enhancing for walking down to the octagon maybe lol.

  6. dave says:

    karo parysian got kicked nailed for pain killer use. Hell I’m willing to bet some were on the juice for this card.. Nog looked like he was 10 years younger then he did at his last outing

  7. G says:

    Pain killers don’t matter, because no amount of them will keep someone from tapping to save a limb from being broken.

  8. Jeremy says:

    he was injured? wow ive never heard of a fighter being injured or fighting injured

  9. Robby says:

    I’m getting sick of hearing how Anderson was “injured” for his fights. And I agree with Jro, that’s not like PED’s but its def an unfair advantage. If you were in America, you can’t take them, but just bc they were in a slum of a town in Brazil its ok to take the medication. It didn’t affect the outcome, but had he been in America this would’ve not happened.

  10. Jose says:

    As a person who takes pain killers for an accident I was in they really just target the spot of pain and if you take them having no pain or injury it causes you to feel a horrible spinning effect so even if he were to take them I think its a disadvantage

    • Scott says:

      For some of us, opiates actually act as a stimulate. If I take hydrocodone, for instance, the pain eases, and I can’t sit down. I have to be moving around, but I don’t have a crazy hear rate or anything. So, in all fairness, they would actually help me to train harder and longer.

  11. bizzle says:

    You guys do realize that painkillers include aspirin,aleve,advil,tylenol etc.. The article doesn’t disclose whether or not they were narcotic or controlled pain killers..

  12. Billdo says:

    He said he took pain killers a month before the fight. Chances are they were only prescribed for 10-14 days so he wouldn’t necessarily have been on the medication during the bout.

  13. bizzle says:

    Disregard last post, I just read the rest of the article..

  14. Random Person says:

    Brazil was juiced. Lack of the proper comissions… interesting.

  15. steven horgan says:

    WITH THE VASELINE THING WITH ANDERSON AFTER UFC 94 JOE ROGAN SAID HE WAS DOING IT TO MAKE FUN OF THE UFC 94 INCIDENT WHICH I THINK IS DISRESPECTFUL TO BJ PENN..IF CHAEL HAD VASELINE ON HIS BACK DO U THINK HE WOULD OF GOT THE SUB ..NO WAY..BJ HAD A HURT SHOULDER IN THE FITCH FIGHT FIGHTING A DOMINANT NO. 2 WELTERWEIGHT AND HE DIDENT HAVE PAIN KILLERS..BUT I AGREE OKAMI WAS SIMPLY OUT CLASSED BUT NO WONDER A SILVA HAD A DOMINANT PERFORMANCE WHEN HE TOOK SOMETHING TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENED..ANYWAY BJ MIGHTENED HAVE THE RECORD SILVA HAS BUT HE IS A FIGHTER THAT SOLELY RELIES ON HIS OWN SKILL TO WIN A FIGHT NOT TAKEN SOMETHIN..EVEN WITH THE SUPPOSED FITCH FIGHT BJ WAS GONNA TAKE IT INJURED..BIGGEST BALLS IN MMA

  16. adrian says:

    wow this is bs. so basically there is a chance anderson wasnt feeling any kind of pain during the fight.. so if yushin did land a hurting blow it wouldnt have done a thing… .

  17. scott says:

    Haha if anything a painkiller would make you drowzy and not help your performance in any way.

  18. I can’t believe some of the dumb comments on here.Do guys really believe a pain killer is a ped?Seriously.If Okami could have hit Silva in the right place with enough power Silva would go down regardless of weather he could feel pain or not.Pain killers make you drowsy they are not a performance enhancing drug.Some of you guys need a second education.

  19. josh says:

    Painkillers also affect your respiratory system and it would have diminished his conditioning if anything. They are not comparable to PEDs and anyone who thinks otherwise is just ignorant. Silva did the right thing by informing the proper authority. I think some people are just looking for a reason to discredit him. He’s the p4p best..get over it

  20. Gip2345 says:

    As mentioned above, it’s too hard to regulate steroids or any other drug in MMA when you go international. Why do you think others fighters have continued to fight in other countries over the years and not the UFC. Some of the UFC’s biggest fights are in Vegas where it is regulated pretty well. I bet 90% of the card was using something illegal in RIO. Look how big Nog was in his fight. The biggest misconception is that fighters using steroids will physically look like they are using especially if acne is on the back. There are plenty of steroids that are used just for endurance, cutting, injuries and recovery, and faster training recovery that will not show physical attributes. I think that is what BJ disagrees with most are those type of steroids because it is a slap in the face to the true spirit of fighting and knowing all of the pain and hardship you went through once you win the championship or fight. What do you do if you’re a fighter though and you are making your way up trying to make a living knowing 90% of the fighters are using. It is like little league baseball bats. You can buy your kid a normal size barrel bat and say this will make you a true hitter in the mean time he is striking out every time and not getting to play. Or you buy him the $200-300 big barrel bat the other kids are using and have him smash the ball everytime he comes up to bat.

  21. J C says:

    So, Silva won by second round KO. He was never threatened in the fight and suffered no heavy hits. He won. If Okami was juiced out of his mind, it wouldnt have mattered. I think the only logical thing to do is……move Silva up to LHW. MW divison has been raped. Or have a UFC Grand Prix and see what wild matchups we could see him in. AmIRite?

  22. steven horgan says:

    FACT IS, ITS AGAINST THE RULES..AND NOT FAIR TO OTHER FIGHTERS THAT DONT TAKE PAIN KILLERS ..U HEARD BJ OR RAMPAGE IF YOU INJURE A PART OF YOUR BODY YOU HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO TRAIN AROUND IT…SILVA IS A GREAT FIGHTER NO DISRESPECT BUT THAT SHOULDENT MAKE DIFFERENT RULES BECAUSE OF HIS STATURE IN UFC AS P4P..SAME AS GSP STATURE SAVED HIM FROM BEEN REPREMANDED FOR GREASING IN MY OPINION

  23. Josh Stein says:

    I don’t really consider pain killers a performance enhancer because I think it only allowed him to fight at a higher level than when he was injured, but the pain was still probably there and there is no way he was fighting at 100%. I tend to think of PED’s as things that will elevate you above 100% of your own capabilities imo

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