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Anderson Silva Out Until Early 2012 With Shoulder Injury

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Between the rotator cuff injury he fought through against Yushin Okami and the rib injury during his scrap with Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva is becoming a bizarro version of Tito Ortiz — meaning that he makes injury excuses after winning fights. His latest ouchie is enough to take the UFC middleweight champion out of action for the rest of the year. Silva’s manager Ed Soares informed MMA Fighting this weekend that the Spider’s bum shoulder will most likely keep him benched until the first quarter of 2012.

So here’s the good news: 1) Silva will not need surgery to treat it, and should be back to 100% after some rest and rehabilitation. 2) It’s not like Silva needed to fight again this year anyway. And I don’t mean just financially, although he’s clearly rich beyond measure. More importantly, there won’t be a legit challenger to his belt set up until at least January.

The UFC 136 bout between Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann on October 8th is thought to be a #1 contender’s match in the middleweight division. And while it would be great to see the winner of that fight take on the winner of Bisping/Miller to produce an undisputed challenger — who Silva could destroy before permanently jumping to light-heavyweight — it’s a safe bet that Sonnen or Stann will get the nod, probably around February or March. So no harm there.

But here’s a question: Are Silva’s injuries starting to becoming a trend? Based simply on talent, Silva could continue to dominate the sport a long as he feels like it. But after 14 years of kicking ass around the world, physical deterioration could be his biggest enemy. (Remember when Anderson wanted to retire in 2009, around his 35th birthday? We’re already talking about 2012, here.) Silva has already made the nine-year-rule his bitch — but how much longer can he realistically stay on top, considering that he inhabits a mortal body?

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ArmFarmer- September 14, 2011 at 5:37 am
Poor writing has become the standard at CP. The sad thing is it's usually not that the writing is actually bad, it's that they are too lazy to read what they have written before they post it. Most of it is very simple mistakes that should be easy to catch and correct. There are some articles though that are just flat out terribly written.
Oh, and Stann has no chance in hell against Chael. Chael's gonna make him look like an amateur.
rophelius- September 14, 2011 at 12:52 am
Author, please reverse this trend toward worser and worser garmmur and spelling.

Thank you.
Deal_the_Seal- September 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm
Injury = Excuse. Anti-Inflammatories = Steroids like Nate Marquardt and stuff. 3 Months = 1 year.
SuckMySkyWalker- September 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm
Oh shuuuut the fuuuuuck up. Its not an excuse if his fight is FLAWLESS victory you dipshits. Fuckin CP is pissing me off these days. Faaack offf. How dare you compare Anderson to Tito. Get a grip.
MonsterMaulingAss- September 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Someone needs to fire this writer, this guy just referd to Anderson as mortal
dim mak- September 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm
that "9-year rule" article is laughably bad. the difference isn't statistically significant and goes away during year 10.
Get Off Me- September 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm
^here's hoping you don't bet on Stann.
remeadial- September 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Can someone PLEASE work on your grammar. I don't remember when "starting to becoming" was ever appropriate. If you want to "dominate the sport A long as he feels" just write as. AS.

I love this site, but do you guys write these articles on your iPhAnes?
madcowboy- September 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm
Oh great now Stale Kale can still say he is "the real middle weight champion for another year" lmfao I hope Kale wins so he can fight Spider healthy and get waxed on and off. Of course most of us know Stann is gonna knock the smirk off him.
Get Off Me- September 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Don't mistake an excuse with an explanation.

@Fatty McDickbutts
I think you may have made a mistake..
"I love Stann, but I’m not giving him a chance against Chael… Chael’s a wrestlefuck wrecking ball"
There, that makes more sense now.
Either of these guys lose if they get a title shot, especially the one taking steroids who's bitching all the time.
Fatty McDickbutts- September 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm
I love Chael, but I'm not giving him a chance against Stann... Stann's a wrecking ball - he's young, and Silva's not gonna win forever if he keeps fighting
J. Spaceman- September 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm
Stann won't make it past Chael. I beleive the term that can best describe what's going to happen to him is "wrestlefucked".
Fried Taco- September 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Maybe Steven Seagal will teach Anderson how to maintain his body in tip-top condition.
ArmFarmer- September 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm
For the love of god please do not give Stann a fight with Anderson. Whoever makes that match should be charged with attempted murder and put behind bars.