Anderson Silva is out until February or March 2011

Posted on August 10, 2010, 07:39 AM by Anton Gurevich
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Brazilian website TATAME.com quotes Anderson Silva's BJJ coach Ramon Lemos, who says that the UFC Middleweight Champion will be out due to ribs injury until February 2011. Silva severely damaged his ribs before and during the fight against Chael Sonnen at the main event of UFC 117, and will take a considerably long time off to heal-up:

“After the first round he said he broke his ribs. He said told me he could not breath 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,” he said.

Anderson is expected to return in February or March. 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 35 years old.”


The report almost certainly ensures that Vitor Belfort will not get an immediate shot at Silva's Middleweight title. If Belfort actually fights Silva in February without getting a fight in between, it will be one year and a half since his 195-pound Catchweight fight against Rich Franklin at UFC 103. Belfort was originally scheduled to square off against "The Spider" at UFC 108 last February, but the fight was postponed due to UFC 112 Silva's elbow injury. Then it was Belfort who could not compete, after undergoing an urgent surgery on his shoulder.


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  • BigNog22
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    now thats sucks

    Reply 4 years ago
  • blackhouse
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    Anderson has a heart of a champion. Bad ribs, took a ground and pound ass beating and was still able to get the W. F**K the Silva haters.

    Reply 4 years ago
  • Rigo
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    what did i told everyone!

    its going to be the same thing !

    hes going to be injured and take the rest of the year

    no Rematch with Sonnen not even the fight with Belfort!



    same thing with Machida it took 7 months to fight again

    and make the rematch with Shogun



    how surprising!!!!!!

    Reply 4 years ago
  • David Saucier
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    This could possibly put AS in the timeline to be a TUF coach. Vitor vs Chael for the other spot as a coach.

    Reply 4 years ago
  • Rane
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    Let's see Vitor vs sonnen or Marquart!!!

    Reply 4 years ago
  • Dabs
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    He won with cracked ribs...amazing.

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  • DaddyLongStrokes
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    Yes he won with cracked ribs but all he did was lay down on his back and take it from Sonnen then throw up his legs.....If he got up did a backflip then knocked out Sonnen id be impressed. Im only impressed with Sonnens near perfect performance

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  • Hit2Hurt
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    Whole point is his ribs were only bruised. they just keep changing the story to make him look better. it's really pathetic.

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  • Mohawkblue
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    Anderson is the greatest MMA fighter to ever live.

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  • kbd92
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    and your on some cheap crack too

    Reply 4 years ago
  • Hit2Hurt
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    What a bunch of bs. Aldo is the best fighter out there. And Anderson just got schooled. this is all a bunch of bs excuses. He was moving around fine just like always. His ribs are surely broken now but only cuz of the pounding he got.

    Reply 4 years ago
  • HunterB
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    anyone who makes the name blackhouse is already getting ****ed in their ass by ed soares, so your opinion is garbage and doesnt count

    Reply 4 years ago
  • blackhouse
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    HunterB. You my friend are an idiot. Yes my name is blackhouse an i support a lot of fighters from that particular camp. So what? Do you not have fighters that you would like to see win? Im sure a lot of people on this site have theirs.



    let me guess your buddy chael couldnt pull off the victory so now you're bitter and pissed. Tough luck buddy. You can go ahead there and shut the F**K up you dumbass.

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  • willc09
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    that explains his tentativeness against Sonnen but it shows how much heart he has to pull through that. Take nothing away from Sonnen he did a great fight and i think it should be Sonnen-Belfort for the interim title while Silva rest coz he cant risk more damage with an intense training camp for Belfort, he needs time to recover

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  • Osnizzle
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    No interim title is issued unless the champ is out for more then a year so i dont think one would be necessary at this point.

    Reply 4 years ago
  • daigoro702
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    yea youre right not the title, but belfort has got to get a fight before that maybe with a top 10 or 5. i wouldnt mind seeing sonnen fight someone too i wonder who he was gonna call out if he won?

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  • Spyridon
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    It's not going to stop the haters from claiming there was no injury, lol.

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    I'm with on that one. Haters are going to HATE no matter what since that's what they do, but at the end of the day, Anderson Silva really proved us are great of a CHAMPION he really is.



    P4P KING

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  • Rigo
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    you really have no idea what are you talking about hu?

    one thing is to be the Champion of your weight class and another

    the pound 4 pound best fighter.



    the p4p fighter would never take a beating like Silva did , it dosent matter if he won the fight and keep his title



    p4p means that he beats everyone pound 4 pound in every single aspect , it means youre the most dominant champion in your weight class , and no one comes even close to beat you or equal you skill set



    so Anderson as great as he is , hes not the p4p best fighter



    GSP as well as Jose Aldo are the most dominant Champions in their division by far to any contender they have fought



    please people stop the stupidity and learn what are you saying before you write it as a fact

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    Why are you so bitter, Didn't you eat your happy meal today?



    Yawn.. :-(

    Reply 4 years ago
  • IGMBurninPiff
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    p4p means that he beats everyone pound 4 pound in every single aspect , it means youre the most dominant champion in your weight class , and no one comes even close to beat you or equal you skill set... I'm not trying to start a debate about GSP because I rank him high in P4P best but how can u say that he is But Silvas not? Because Silva took a beating and WON when GSP GOT HIS BRAINS BATTERED AND BRUISED By MATT SERRA... MATT SERRA REALLY? and off night is an off night I don't kare if you're the best in the world or not you're human and have off nights, injured ribs or no injured ribs Silvas fight was going down hill after gettin stumbled By Sonnen that mentally ruined Silvas gameplan I havn't seen him stumble since coming to the UFC... But all the same I'm just saying how can Matt Serra beat GSP and you say he's better then Silva who got beaten up but won... and also in every aspect they need to be the best? just like Silvas wrestling lacks GSP is not top notch BJJ and NO WHERE NEAR top notch striker

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  • Spyridon
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    You mean p4p contender GSP wouldnt get KTFO by a guy like Matt Serra?

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    Finally someone with some comon sense. I agree with most of things you said.

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  • WingChun
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    @ Silva



    If you raise the issue of a GSP loss, Serra or Hughes, is it not equally applicable to the raise the issue of Silva's losses (27- 4- 0)?



    If we extend the math forward GSP's 20 - 2 & 0 is considerably better then Silva's record. GSP would have to go 40 & 4 to equal Silva's loss record. That's pretty amazing. Particularly, when you take into consideration that Silva is 35 and Rush 29.



    I think one can conclude the following - Silva has been proven susceptible to high level wrestlers and they can shut his game down. It has been proven that GSP is susceptible to a loopy (powerful) right. Unfortunately, it's harder to stay away from a powerful wrestler, then it is a loopy right.



    What has not been proven - how would Anderson fair against a great wrestler, with a lot of cardio, power, speed and one that is a high-level BJJ practitioner. We know how GSP fairs against the power hits circa Serra - he avoids them. If GSP can avoid an Anderson onslaught, can Anderson survive a GSP's take-down and control? Can he survive GSP's G' n P and GSP's submission attempts and defense? That's a much taller order, then simply keeping away from a KO or Thai clinch.



    Post Silva v. Sonnen - advantage GSP, Nate Marquardt and any wrestler or brute, with cardio that can take "The Spider" to the ground.

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  • b2bpaul
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    But the Matt Serra fight was over three years ago. Georges hasn't lost a single round since or been remotely in trouble, despite fighting nearly every top contender. On that basis, he edges number 1 P4P over Anderson for me. But don't get me wrong - I'd rather watch Anderson fight. There's always a chance that something amazing will happen. Georges dodges a lot of the flak that Shields and Fitch get for being boring fighters.

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  • LowkickDick
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    "p4p means that he beats everyone pound 4 pound in every single ASPECT". If I were to use this as criteria to rate fighters Silva would fail big time on wrestling. He had no answer to Chael's takedown and control(until the 5th of course). Silva lost some of the rounds 8/10. GSP's record is stronger than Silva's and has not lost a round since the Serra fight.



    Silva is lucky to be in a division were there is a very limited number of strong wrestlers with good cardio. If he were in WW division with the likes of GSP, Fitch, and Kos he would have his hands full.

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  • Madnessstill
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    And GSP is lucky not to have to stand on his feet...right? Where have you been buddy? Silva wanted to win with a BJJ submission, that means being on your back and it explains why he simply sat down for some of those takedowns, the 50% he didn't stuff.

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  • Madnessstill
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    Record discussions tend to get really really dumb around here for one. Second, GSP is vulnerable to striking, that's why he doesn't want to stand with decent strikers(BJ). Anderson is significantly bigger,taller, and more powerful with his strikes than BJ, and also far more elusive(when healthy).



    Despite being said that anderonss weakness is wrestling, he's finished both high level wrestlers in his fights, one of them being while injured, and limiting the chances to winning to a submission, and they are also mroe powerful strikers than GSP, larger, and harder to KO.



    it's funny that you give the advantage to fighters that anderson has already beaten, think about that.

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  • TenderRainDrop
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    i'm pretty sure GSP won the battle of fist throwing with BJ.

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  • LowkickDick
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    Why knock GSP for not being wiling to stand and trade with strikers and not do the same for Silva's complete unwillingness to follow BJJ fighters to the ground at all? Seems a little biased.

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  • Madnessstill
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    Then why was he the one with the messed up face at the end of the first fight when all he did was take him down to win by points? In the second fight he wanted to tire out his shoulders before taking him down just to make sure it didn't happen again.

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  • mtnman
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    Sonnen made 1 mistake at the 5th round he was so focus on pound n ground .. he should of stood up n took him down he would of won i have respect for Sonnen, Silva after their performance's ..

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  • capjo
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    This whole 'ribs injury" story just gets more and more twisted and not trustworthy as the days get longer.



    At the post fight presser, Silva mentions the 'my ribs were hurt excuse". later soares states Silva visited a doctor BEFORe the fight and that's when he was told he had bruised ribs. NOW we hear from them that Silva told them his ribs were broke in the first round.



    If he thought his ribs were broke in the first round why didn't he mention THAT at the post fighter presser? Further, Silva was moveing around quite well for someone with broken/ cracked ribs.



    ...and if you nuthuggers want to start saying nonsense that Silva is so good that he finished the fight with broken/cracked ribs, why the hell did he bring up a rib injury excuse ( prefight) in the begining for his poor showing?



    These adjusted rib stories coming from Silva's camp have ALL the makings of Soares damage control written all over them.

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  • cranestyle
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    I was going to post more, but you said 95% of what I was thinking.



    If Sonnen did actually crack Silva's ribs, then it isn't an much of an excuse, is it? He got manhandled by a guy who, on that day, was a better fighter for 98% of the fight.



    Now that the Anderson Silva mystique is all but gone, I think you're going to see more people going to 185 to fight him.

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  • falcon4917
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    The AS mystique is at it's prime now man, that is why there is so much controversy. People are trying to figure out if this was the real AS or not in the ring that night. People who love Chael and don't like AS feel Chael is the best and people who are AS fans feel deeply that AS was not himself. Both AS and his guys say that he was not in best form and Chael as well feels he wasn't. I feel AS took the fight believing his injury would not stop him dominating Chael who he maybe underestimated by doing so and Chael and AS expect a different fight in the future.

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  • cranestyle
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    I agree with a lot of what you're saying. What I meant by AS's 'mystique' is the aura of invincibility that surrounded him.



    I'm not really for either fighter. I like Sonnen;s smack talk and Silva was a incredible fighter to watch and proved he had a lot of heart.



    But the rib thing stinks of excuse making. It's an awful big coincidence that Sonnen cracked the same ribs that Silva got injured in training.



    Since Silva and Doares can't give any respect to Sonnen, I think it's much more likely that the ribs got hurt in the fight, but they don't want to admit their fighter got hurt badly.

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  • WingChun
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    lol @ adjusted rib stories.

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  • falcon4917
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    well they didn't know if they were broken its just that AS thought they were. Turns out they were cracked, would feel nearly the same. Give it a rest already everyone involved including Chael thinks there was something wrong with Silva in that fight. You don't because you don't want to believe he was not fighting like he usually does. You want to believe that Chael beat AS at his best which did not happen and almost everyone involved with the fight and many watching saw the same thing.

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    Well Said.

    The injured CHAMP took care of business. Sonnen did his best, but at then of the day, he is not champion material.



    I GAINED more and more respect for A.S after that fight. That's the heart of a LION / CHAMP right there.

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  • HunterB
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    Sonnen is definately champion material, to say otherwise is just ignorant. Silva did a great job with an out of the blue comeback victory, but honestly, get off his balls

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  • jsnwht
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    You're way over-analyzing this. Even Sonnnen said he could tell Anderson was hurt from the beginning and not at full strength. So it shouldn't be surprising at all that his ribs were further injured in the first round, given that they were already injured coming into the fight. Perhaps he didn't talk about the additional injury right away because he wanted to go to the hospital and get a proper diagnosis first. He did go to the hospital immediately after, or at least that is what Dana White told MMA Fight Weekly.



    Anyway... the hype up and sh*t talking is over. You can stop trying to suck on Sonnen's nuts and bash Anderson's every word now. Even Sonnen has stopped, and he acknowledged right away that the Champion was obviously injured.

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  • postmortem
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    if this statement is true which i belive it is( even if it contradicts soares story) maybe thats why i belive it silvas coach is a much more credible source than soares. then chael was the one who actually cracked andersons ribs so anderson not being 100% would be a result of injuries that chael gave him.

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  • braQQizzle
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    Did anyone mention how strange Silva changed his seating-position during the post-fight press-conference very often? I guess he was really in pain.

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  • WingChun
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    To me what this really demonstrates is - what a beating Sonnen laid on Silva and truly, what a remarkable and dominant performance it was, by Chael.



    Here's an interesting question - everyone from DW on down, has wondered about GSP stepping up and fighting Anderson, which I'm all for, by the way and it would have been interesting to watch the fight with GSP, just to get his thoughts on how Silva was taken down and controlled and I wouldn't give AS a snowball's chance in hell of pulling that sub off on GSP....but (anyway) here's my question...what would a Sonnen / GSP fight look like?



    GSP would be the smaller man (sure), but (one) with formidable wrestling and better stand-up and, better cardio, then CS and BJJ that Sonnen could only dream of.



    It would be an interesting scrap; they're both gamers and CS will hunt down anyone - GSP included. It would be interesting to see just how good a wrestler GSP is. Could he prevent what Anderson could not?

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  • griffin
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    well he did take one hell of a beating. He should really drain those ears after the slaps sonnen was giving him to the side of the head

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  • WingChun
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    @ griffin



    The same slaps that Leben used effectively against Akiyama.

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  • bluntsandbeers
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    those slaps to the side of the head were effing halirous lmao that must have hurt so much. when you watched the PPV you noticed he wasnt himself even in that first round lol his ribs deffntly were cracked, notice how he threw more elbow strikes and kicks then punches and kness on his feet. it was too painful..

    but that isnt much of an excuse lol chael man handled him

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  • samigeh
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    I say Yushin Okami Vs Vitor Belfort to get #1 contender.

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  • hondata79
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    Okami would have to beat Sonnen to ever be ranked higher then him !



    And no he cant beat Sonnen LOL and niether can vitor !

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  • Hit2Hurt
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    A lotta people are injured. They just don't all use it as an excuse. He was obviously moving fine in there. If he was so injured he couldn't fight then he would not have. I'm no hater. But it's annoying when people make all the excuses in the world for him.

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  • HunterB
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    i dont even know why the excuses are being made in the first place, Anderson Silva won. yes his one weakness has been exposed, but making excuses is not going to change the fact he has bad takedown defense against a dominant wrestler... and his true warrior spirit also showed by pulling off that amazing sub.... Silva won for god sakes, making excuses is almost shaming himself

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  • DELETE ME
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    Silva's wresttling sucks big time! he would have been man-handled even if his ribs where fine. As for his manager... stop making stupid excusses for your fighter's poor performance. Nobody enters the cage 100%.

    Sonnen was full of injuries entering the fight too...you didn't hear him complain like a bitch did you?



    I hope AS would take advantage of his time-off to learn some wresttling (and not Seagal-style wresstiling) cause he is going to get owned everytime he fights a beast like Sonnen.

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  • D
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    1. Silva's wrestling does not "suck big time". According to compustrike, he successfully defended 3 of 6 takedowns, which is far better than other fighters have fared against Sonnen. He was up against a bigger stronger guy. Chael Sonnen claimed he weighed 207 the night of his fight with Marquardt and was probably at a similar weight before the fight. Silva was walking around at 194 2 weeks before the fight so there is now way he was as big a Sonnen on fight night. He sprawled well every time Sonnen shot, most of Sonnen's takedowns were a result of catching a kick. Give credit to the best wrestling based MMA fighter in the world at 185 rather than taking it from the Champion. You're looking at it wrong.



    2. Name a fighter in the middleweight division who you consider to be a "beast like Sonnen". You can't, because right now, there aren't any. Silva has beaten everyone else in the division worth mentioning.



    3. A cracked rib is a damn good excuse. It makes it excruciating to take a deep breath, which is something a fighter needs to do in a fight. That would explain Silva's seeming lack of explosiveness and speed in the fight (relative to his other UFC fights) Sonnen was able to hit him with some good shots on the feet, and not to discredit him, but I just can't believe his hands are that much faster than Franklin, Marquardt, or Dan Henderson- Silva made all of these guys look like amateurs on their feet.



    4. I agree that Silva did not need to bring up the injury. I'm pretty sure they raised his hand in the end.

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  • WingChun
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    @ mousasi - point by point.



    1. Silva's wrestling - if you call 50% a success. then I'm sorry, you are wrong. When did 1 out of 2 become success? Who ever got into any decent school with those grades? No, 50% success...is just another term for 50% failure.



    2. One other fighter in the division I consider a beast - Nate Marquardt....I'll also throw in Vitor Belfort. Neither of those two fighters is an easy day for anyone; including Anderson.



    3. The cracked rib - is not an excuse...if he got it in the fight. He did not have a cracked rib, prior to the fight. To say otherwise, is wishful thinking, revisionist history and an attempt to mitigate a performance, in which The Spider was dominated; as Sonnen said he would do.



    4. Bringing up the injury - if they were so elated with the performance and the raising of the hand, then why did they raise the issue of the injusry? Why didn't they just say...hey, it didn't go well, but he caught him at the end, he persevered and that's, that. However, they keep on trying to come up with explanations as to why that didn't happen in rounds 1,2,3,4 or within the first three minutes of round 5. For AS demonstrated no ability to do so prior and the man was (obviously) cleared, medically, for the fight.



    Bottom Line - Anderson can't handle high level wrestlers. He needs to learn how to do so, because to be honest, I watched that fight and thought, GSP fan or otherwise....let that boy have a go at him; GSP can do that crap and he won't gassed and he won't get caught in a crappy (triangle) arm bar 23+ minutes into the fight and I'll throw GSP's BJJ up against Anderson's any day of the week, man. He'd win that fight; I'm quite sure.

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  • Madnessstill
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    yea you're a retard as expected. Even chael himself said he believed silva was injured because there wasn't much resistance. Similar to fedor, the guys giving him crazy credit are much much dumber.

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  • WingChun
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    @ Kam



    Well put.

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  • DELETE ME
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    Ok, I've clicked "sharp" on your comment because you made the effort to give a full respond with good arguments.



    1) I admit that i was a bit over the top by saying "sucks big time" but I wasn't thinking about the takedowns which he avoided. I was thinking about his inabillity on getting back on his feet quickly after being taken down. Avoiding the takedowns is the first line of defense but getting back up is the second and most important one. Clearly he needs work on the second one.



    2) True...Sonnen is holding the wresttling "fort" by himself in the middleweight division. But since AS won't fight again for almost a year, there is always a possibility that another high-level wrestler would show up.



    3) Actually the pain from a cracked rib is much more tolerable from the pain of a broken rib. I 've cracked a rib 3 years ago and I didn't think much of it (i thought it was just a bruised lung or something) I kept training until I broke it and then YES the pain was awfull... my breathing capacity had been reduced at 30%. So ok I believe he was in pain and the doctors advised him not to fight so that he won't injure it more but since it didn't broke I can't accept it as an excuse especially from a bad ass like AS.



    In my opinion the reason AS got caught by Sonnen during the standup is because AS takes his time with his opponents in order to measure the distances, check their reflexes and the counter their attacks (all that dancing he does is not for show...the guy is a genious on the standup) BUT Sonnen was all over him from second one and didn't give him any time to "adjust" his counters (Sonnen can thank Demian Maya's short punching burst during the last rounds of their fight for that "tip").

    I don't like to compare Sonnen with Hendo and Franklin, but I think that those guys were not fully aware of what AS can do when they entered the cage with him. Sonnen has done a lot more homework (regardless what he says) and was far more determined and motivated for this fight than the previous guys.



    4) I am a fan of AS because I love the stand-up fighting my self much more than wresttling and grappling and I do believe that he is THE best in that area and he does have some sick submissions...that is why I do believe that mentioning the injury was not 100% his decission rather than the dirt-bag manager of his who wanted to save face for the poor performance of his fighter.



    I apologize for the long post!

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  • DELETE ME
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    My comment above is a response to the one from Mousasi. (I forgot to click "reply")

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    Personally, I say give the next shot to Okami, the only man on the UFC roster with a recorded victory over Silva... Meanwhile, Sonnen faces Belfort for #1 contender status. To me it just makes sense. Sonnen just got a shot and was defeated and Belfort needs at lease one middleweight victory over a top contender.

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    I could live with that .

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    Wha... You think Yushin's record warrants a title shot? He just won a split over Munoz. Before that was a win from a cut I think? Before that he lost to Chael.



    If anything he should get his revenge shot at Chael. Not a title shot though.

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    He's 9-2 in the UFC. He could fight Chael again, but Vitor has said he doesn't want to wait for A Silva to get healthy. If he could beat either one of those guys he would most definitely be worthy of a title shot.

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    Yea i dont think silva vs anyone who defeated him is a very good match. I mean..noone seriously thinks those guys can beat him now, do they?

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    I knew something must have been wrong with him during that fight!

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    Seriously a year for bruised ribs? Hell even broken ribs, a year? This is such bullshit. A champion isnt goign to be out a year for bruised ribs. Yes it hurts to breath but it isnt anything any other full contact sports athlete hasnt endured.

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    Can you count? it's only 6 -7 months and GSP will be off for a year without injuries. AS has fought twice this year already. Who can you bring up that went into a fight with a cracked rib? This is standard procedure, What do you want 4 fights a year from an injured AS just to get his status taken away?

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    It wasnt neccesary to mention any injury. If Silva had lost then fair enough, mention it , but he won. The excuse came because for 4 and a half rounds Silva was beat on, there wasnt the usual dominance by silva. I think that the rest he is taking is both phyiscal and mental, Silva has looked more and more odd in the octagon lately. The hype that surrounds him, like he is some sort of super human, must be a lot to bear 24/7. Any slight dent in that hype and all of a suuden he is just a great world champion, not some sort of mythical, untouchable master. Basically a huge bubble of bullshit was burst in the Silva/Sonnen fight, and I think Silva will need to rest and get things right in his head before he fights again. He is a sublime martial artisit, but he is just a man which Sonnen proved. Being blown up to be anything but just a man never does anyone any good. Sonnen did a great job, and I think he should get a rematch ASAP. Silva needs to get himself fit in every way, and return to the octagon as the great champion we all know he is. I predict a much closer fight in the rematch which sonnen will win..........:-)

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    This will give Vitor a fight, and give Chael his chance for immediate rematch when Silva is healthy.



    If Vitor wins, we get to see the fight we want.



    If Chael wins, we get to see the rematch we want





    WIN WIN Situation.

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    This is just a quick post for all the people that said Silva's face was untouched looking after the fight. If you watch the UFC Insider video on ufc.com when they show the locker room camera footage after the fight, he is beat up and cut and bloody. And not much better looking, if not worse looking than Chael was. They just cleaned him up before the press conference. And Chael's swelling was more visible cuz he's snow white. Just clearing that up for yall. It is no longer an argument of validity.

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    Jesus this is ridiculous. How bad do they wanna make themselves look. First they were bruised. Then they were cracked. Next they are gonna say they were fully fractured and piercing his lungs. I'm an EMT and I'm not a doctor but I have medical experience and if they were cracked he would not have been able to fight. Period. He would have been screaming in pain every time Chael hit him in the ribs. No man would keep a strait face during that. I don't care who they are. Maybe they were a little sore. And they may be broken now. But the excuses are so lame and Ed Soares is such a lil bitch. And for the record, I'm not a Silva hater. No matter who says I am. I'm just tired of people tainting that awesome fight with all this crap that's coming outta their mouths now. He was able to fight, period. His injuries were not serious. Period. If they were we would have been able to tell he wasn't as fast or didn't move well. But before he was tired he was the same old Silva we all know. Maybe he was in some pain but it was not a factor in the fight like they want us to believe. I blame Soares more than anything. Like Vitor said, he just twists words to make his golden goose sound how he wants him to sound. I hope they ban Ed Soares from the octagon and get an unbiased interpreter.

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    And if Chael beat on cracked ribs and the man wasn't screaming, he'd at least have a nasty grimace on his face. And his standup and his whole game would be slower and he'd be protecting those ribs. Or trying to. You can't even help it when you are hurt that way. This is just pathetic trying to take away that beautiful performance from Chael.

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