UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been out of action since he decimated Yushin Okami at UFC 134 this past August, having exacerbated a nagging shoulder injury that’s required a lengthy rehabilitation period.
Of course, this opened the door for would-be contenders Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen to accuse the champ of faking the injury to avoid rematching either of them, despite the fact that Silva beat them both. UFC president Dana White has been quick to shoot the idea down that Silva, widely regarded as the sport’s best fighter, is faking an injury to avoid fighting anyone; he recently explained to MMAWeekly that even if Silva wanted to fake an injury, he’d be unable to.
“Just to clear this up – and these guys, Dan Henderson knows it, Chael (Sonnen) knows it and every other fighter that fights in the UFC knows it – you can’t fake an injury, it’s impossible to do,” White said. “When you say you are injured, we bring you to our doctors and they check you out and we find out if you’re injured or you’re not injured. So, he is injured, he’s out ’til the summer, and that’s just those guys yapping.”
Silva is expected to face the winner of the impending Chael Sonnen-Mark Muñoz tilt, which takes place on January 28, sometime early this summer.