Following the shocking rumor that UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva has suffered a rib injury this week, a great concern has risen for the UFC 162 main event coming up this July in Las Vegas, Nevada. Silva is slated to face-off against no. 1 contender Chris Weidman Independence day weekend at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and now a report suggests the bout may be in jeopardy.
Luiz Prota of Yahoo Esporte Interativo published an article (in Portuguese) where sources within a Rio de Janeiro clinic that claim Silva came in for an examination that revealed ‘The Spider” suffered a broken rib, and the extent of the injury is unknown at this time. Silva’s head trainer Rogério Camões denies any rib injury suffered by the pound-for-pound king, as well as UFC President Dana White, who told Ariel Helwani that the rumor is simply “not true.”
While White and Camões stand by their statements regarding Silva’s health, Luiz Prota quickly took to Twitter to reinforce his claim, stating that Silva is not pulled from the fight, but he stands by his sources.
Most of the MMA community should remember the UFC 117 bout between Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva, where Silva submitted Sonnen late in the 5th round after being dominated throughout the fight. Silva revealed after the win that he came into the fight with a broken rib, and thus his performance suffered. Many disputed the claim until the documentary film about Anderson Silva titled ‘Like Water’ was released. The film displayed Silva in serious pain during his training camp leading up to the fight with Sonnen, although the film did not reveal how the injury occurred.
Hopefully this rumor becomes completely disproven in the near future and Anderson Silva remains the main event attraction. Pray to the MMA Gods fight fans!
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