UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva delivered a stunning performance against Yushin Okami at UFC: Rio last month.
And, now, it is being reported that “The Spider” was not 100-percent entering the bout, as he suffered a shoulder injury while training.
“As a matter of fact, no. A month before the fight, I hurt my shoulder training with Junior dos Santos and stepped in feeling pain in Rio,” Silva said. “I had to take painkillers and advised the Athletic Commission about the medicine I took. I talked to my doctors a lot. I did MRI right after and began to feel pain on the shoulder and the medics released me. They told me that was not too bad. It’s a small lesion, in manguito (rotator) muscle I think, but it bothers me. I will take some time resting to do the treatment.”
Silva (31-4) showed no signs of the injury while delivering blow-after-blow to Okami in the main event, finishing the fight in the second round via TKO.
Silva will likely face the winner of Chael Sonnen-Brian Stann, which takes place next month at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard lll.