Prior to the first match up between former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, there were some rumors that Silva was close to pulling out of the fight with a rib injury. However, the champ showed up to defend his belt on the contracted night. Unfortunately, he suffered a devastating knockout loss and will enter his next fight without the belt for the first time in forever.
While Silva has done his best to say that everyone should respect Wiedman leading up to their rematch at UFC 168, Silva recently stated that he was just 85 percent for the first bout.
“It is good to talk about it, because I was really hurt,” said Silva, via Globo.com. “So far no one had touched on this subject, but this is no excuse for my performance. It was slightly below the rib that I had fractured before the first fight against Sonnen. And that’s it. I was 85% of my physical condition.”
If the injury was as bad as Silva makes it out to be, then it would explain why he was unable to take advantage of his speed and also could explain the constant clowning throughout the match.
By dropping his hands and leaving his chin open, Silva was drawing Weidman in to throwing shots at his head and avoiding the body, which would have punished him due to the rib injury. That would make perfect sense for Silva, but the ultimate price was being on the wrong end of a loss.
Whether or not the rib injury was as bad as Silva says is something we will never know, but we can hope that both men stay 100 percent leading up to their rematch on December 28.