Anderson Silva likely to remain sidelined with shoulder injury until 2012Posted on September 12, 2011, 11:18 AM by Joey Santosus
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will reportedly be sidelined with a shoulder injury for the remainder of 2011.
The update came courtesy of Silva's manager, Ed Soares, who told MMAFighting.com that "The Spider" is unlikely to make his return until early 2012.
News of the champ's injury emerged shortly after his dismantling of Yushin Okami at UFC 134. According to Silva, the shoulder issue began about a month ahead of the bout, but after conferring with his physician he was given the green light to go ahead with the match-up.
"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," Silva revealed to Tatame. "I've talked to my doctors. I had an MRI and then I started feeling pains in my shoulder but the doctors let me go and said it was not that serious."
Soares was overall pleased with the prognosis, explaining that the camp initially feared that Silva could be forced to undergo surgery. While this no longer appears necessary, the Brazilian will require adequate time to properly heal and rehabilitate the shoulder.
In the meantime, his next title challenger has yet to be named, but is expected to be the winner of next month's UFC 136 co-main event between Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann.
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