Anderson Silva: “I hurt my ribs and was only 85%” for Weidman loss

Posted: September 30, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news
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weidmansilvaAnderson Silva is currently touring with the UFC promoting the upcoming rematch with Chris Weidman at UFC 168. I guess the “big news” from yesterday’s media event was that “The Spider” says he was fighting at a major disadvantage in the first fight with Weidman at UFC 162.

Silva claims to have injured his ribs leading up to their fight, which left him less than 100% on the night he dropped his belt.

“It was good that you mentioned this because I was really hurt,” Silva said. “Nobody mentioned this yet, but that’s not an excuse for my performance. It was a below where I was injured for my first fight with Chael Sonnen. That’s it. I was at 85 percent of my physical condition.”

I’m not sure what to make of this revelation. He seems eager to discuss the injury and claims that no one has asked him about it yet. But we reported right here that rumors of Silva injuring—even breaking—a rib were starting to surface. And there were numerous other reports of it as well.

While originally denying that the injury occurred, it’s difficult to say why this subject is coming up now. Other than Silva wanting to be very clear that his loss to Weidman was marred by the injury, I can’t think of another reason to re-visit this. Either way, the two are set to face off at the end of the year. Injury or no, can Weidman do it twice?

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