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After pulling off his miracle win against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117, Anderson Silva mentioned to Joe Rogan that he had hurt his ribs coming into the fight. Could that have played a factor in the extended beating that he endured before snatching that Hail Mary triangle-choke submission? Silva’s manager Ed Soares shared details to FightHype (via BloodyElbow):
"It was really close because the doctors didn’t want him to fight. He hurt his rib last Friday in sparring. He hurt it, but he didn’t think it was hurt that bad and then Sunday morning, I had about 13 missed calls in a matter of 25 minutes. They were all from Anderson and he was calling me to tell me he was in pain. He couldn’t breathe. I took him to the hospital and they X-Rayed each rib and they noticed that it was a bit swollen, but there was no fracture. They said it was bruised ribs, but the way he reacted when they touched it and how tender they were, they said it was in the muscle as well as the bruise. I’m not a doctor, but this is just what they told us. They prescribed some Ibuprofen 800 for him because it was so close to the fight, they couldn’t do any Vicodin.
The doctors said, ‘I really don’t recommend that he fights,’ but Anderson said, ‘No man, the show must go on. I’m going to fight.’ I put it this way, he was supposed to corner Mark Munoz on Sunday for his fight against Okami, but I made him stay at home in bed. He was just lying around and letting his ribs heal up on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday because we traveled. He didn’t train again until we got to Oakland. He gave his ribs about a 5-day rest."
Silva may have been exposed to some extent at UFC 117, but I think the fight will go a long way in repairing his image. He fought hurt. He got his ass kicked but didn’t give up. He will be forever associated with one of the greatest comeback wins in MMA history. He proved that his previous noncommittal performances against guys like Demian Maia and Thales Leites were partly his fault, but not completely his fault. (As long as he has an opponent that comes after him, his fights are interesting.) Getting bombed on for the better part of five rounds is the best thing that could have happened for his career.
As for a second dance with Sonnen, Soares doesn’t really see the point: "I don’t necessarily think an immediate rematch is legitimate. It’s not like he won by decision. You got submitted, man. You were on top of him for 23 minutes of the fight and you couldn’t finish him. Anderson got a few bumps and bruises, but let’s be realistic, you’re on a guy 23 minutes and you couldn’t finish him? Why should he get a rematch?"
Soares has a point; the ending of the fight wasn’t controversial, no matter what came before it. But a rematch will probably have to happen at some point, considering how close Sonnen came to winning. How interested would you be in seeing that fight? And would it play out any differently if Silva was 100% healthy? Your thoughts, please.