Anderson Silva endured a hellacious beating at the hands of Chael Sonnen for the majority of five rounds before he rallied late in the fifth to submit Sonnen with a triangle choke and keep his UFC Middleweight Championship title. It was revealed after the fight that Silva was fighting with a rib injury and Silva’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach Ramon Lemos spoke with Fighters Only magazine today to discuss the injury and to speculate on when Silva will return to action.
“After the first round he said he broke his ribs,” said Lemos. “He told me he could not breathe because of the rib. I told him to forget the rib and work the movement of legs and he would get the triangle… After the fight he went to the hospital and did an x-ray and the doctor said he did not break it, it was just a crack. Anderson is expected to return in February or March.”
There has been no official word yet on whether or not Silva will return to the cage this year or against whom he will make his return but Lemos believes based on what he knows that we will not see “The Spider” back in action until the beginning of next year.
“He is excited to return in February or March,” he said. “We have not talked, but he has to take care of injuries, he fought twice last year and had an operation on his elbow. This year he made two more fights and now with this rib injury … He is no longer a boy, he is 34 years old.”
Silva, who is currently on a thirteen fight win streak and has successfully defended his middleweight belt seven times, has fought twice so far in 2010 against Demian Maia and Chael Sonnen, respectively. Due to his mounting injuries and expressed desire to spend time with his family it would not be surprising to see Silva wait out this year before he makes his return. No opponent has been announced yet but the names most believe are on the short list of middleweight challengers are Yushin Okami (who owns a win over Silva, albeit by Disqualification after Silva knocked him out with an illegal upkick), Vitor Belfort, and Chael Sonnen, who many believe deserves an immediate rematch.