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Anderson Silva Likely Out Until 2012

Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, informed MMAFighting this weekend that the UFC middleweight champion will likely be out until early 2012 due to a shoulder injury.

Silva suffered the injury prior to defeating Yushin Okami last month at UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami. “The Spider” was worried enough to seek medical advice on the shoulder both before the fight and after.

“A month before the fight I injured my shoulder while training with Junior dos Santos and I was feeling a lot of pain in Rio. I’ve had to take some medicine and warn the athletic commission about it,” Silva told “I’ve talked to my doctors. I had an MRI and then I started feeling pains in my shoulder but the doctor let me go and said it was not that serious. It’s a small injury, but I guess it’s on the cuff and bothers me.

“I’ll rest for a while and get healed.”

Soares believes Silva will not have to undergo surgery – something those inside his own camp feared – but should just need to do rehab to heal the injury.

When Silva does step back inside the Octagon, he will likely face the winner of Chael Sonnen-Brian Stann, who meet at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard lll in October.