Former Pride middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva was forced to pull out of “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” after breaking three ribs while training. Silva spent some time to address his ribs, as well as another serious injury.
To the surprise of many, it wasn’t just broken ribs that Silva had been dealing with, but also a torn up knee that he was advised to have surgery on by multiple doctors.
“Two weeks ago I felt pain in my knee while I was training wrestling. I had an MRI of my knee and three doctors told me my knee was torn,” Silva told Fighter’s Only. “I took medicine to help with the pain, and although my knee felt loose, I said ‘no,’ this date is very important to me and I continued training.”
Silva was still prepared to fight. Going against doctor’s suggestions, he took some pain medication to deal with the knee to ensure that he would be able to fight on July 3rd, his birthday.
“Last Friday, during sparring, I injured my rib. It was very painful and the next day I had an x-ray and an MRI. I discovered I had three broken ribs,” the Brazilian continued.
That’s when Silva knew it was time to shut it down.