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Just How Bad Were Anderson Silva’s Ribs on Saturday Night?


(Photo courtesy of allelbows)

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.

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Jocuri- October 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm
lol nice: d
jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 3:37 am
i think i have miss this match, my habit of over viewing the sites have come across the photo and have seen the fight, ho god .. its wicked bloody shit.
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shaking head- August 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm
Ever had any? When I bruised mine it hurt to stand up, sit down, flex or extend my torso in any direction, and breathe.
borachon- August 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Man, I'm sorry but it was pretty obvious something was wrong with Silva from round 1. Maybe a lot of people here don't actually watch his fights but he hasn't fought one fight like he fought on saturday, point blank it's not his style. Watching the fight live I could immediately tell something was weird about it and now knowing about the rib injury and re-watching it makes perfect sense. He looked worried, stiff, apprehensive and hesitant with a lot of his movements and I guarantee you it had nothing to do with Chael's quick, masterful takedowns or his months of trash talking. Seriously, are we to believe Chael Sonnen outstriked a healthy Anderson Silva?? Don't get me wrong, I think Chael would have dominated the top position on the ground either way but I honestly don't think a 100% Silva would have let it go to that point. You essentially watched the best Chael Sonnen could do against a wounded Silva for 23 minutes and this lucky accident worked for Dana White to make a classic, exciting fight. That being said. we also learned Chael Sonnen couldn't ground and pound his way into a wet paper bag. His ground striking is ridiculously lousy from the top and people who say Silva got "beat up on" by Sonnen are completely out of their minds.
fatbellyfrank- August 9, 2010 at 9:36 pm
If I was a professional fighter, and was presented with the statistical information that I had punched my opponent 289 times over a 23 minute period without damaging him in any noticeable fashion, I would quit, on the spot, then walk away with my head hung in shame, thats approximately one punch every,...hmmm, thats a lot of punches
fatbellyfrank- August 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm
Yeah, FingersSSv, your a fucken idiot, Sonnen TAPPED, you stupid fuck, take your conspiracy theories back to your paralell universe where Chael Sonnen is the King, and stay over there and live happily ever after
fatbellyfrank- August 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm
I never thought this would happen to me, so I'm writing to tell you about this time i actually fucken agreed with Ed Soares, and its now, As Ed says
"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?"
exactly, 289 punches and you can't knock a guy out? your in the wrong sport Chael, Greco Roman's probably more your forte, where your ridiculous lack of punching power wont be exposed.
Incidentally Ed Soares is still a slimy bucket of shit, It's just that I agree with him on this one
k-onda- August 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm
1) I'd love to see a rematch, but further down the road. The fight I wanna see really, is Belfort/Silva, and then lets see if Sonnen's still in the picture later on.
2) I, imo, think Silva wasn't anywhere near 100%. Whatever the reason, he didn't move like he usually does, old age, family distraction, ribs, whatever, he definitely was not the same. I gotta say a tip-top Silva don't let it get nearly this close again.
DazedNConfused- August 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm
Fingersssv is a retard. I'd also like to point that out. Thanks.
DazedNConfused- August 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Bruised ribs fucking hurt you keyboard warriors! I've bruised my ribs twice and both times it took me around a month to start any type of contact sports. Sure they aren't broken, but I honestly thought they were. Granted I've never broken any ribs and can't compare the pain. All I know is, pulling any submissions or defending any takedowns would be tough. Tougher than Chael's cock in some of your mouths. But I digress.

I'd be happy with an immediate rematch, but like someone above me also stated Vitor isn't getting much older and I think he could pose some problems for Silva. Also, as someone else pointed out as well, it looks a lot better for Chael if he gets another fight, say against Okami, and then fights the champ. Because if he happens to get his asskicked by Silva the second time around, then people will instantly forget about him. He would be much more profitable with a couple more fights before the super hyped rematch.
daniel.mtl- August 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm
WOW EVERYONE IS SOOO DUMB FIXXED SIVLA NEVER FIGHTS LIKE THAT EVER

and if you were blind you'd see random time silva would turn up the heat on the ground, camora (cant spell) let go and then had his ass for leg lock didnt even go for it, cheal sonnen has more damage on him and again silva is never that sloppy 1000000% forrest griffin would beat cheal sonnen and look what happened there

anderson prob betrayed the Fertitta brothers and dana in that 5 th round at the end they prob lost sooooooooooo much money not even funny so dont be surprised that AS is dead in the future
Bloody Knuckles- August 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm
I hate saying it but Silva got his ass handed to him saturday night and yes Sonnen's performance does warrant a rematch further down the line, bruised ribs come on!!! just an excuse for his lackluster performance
HturtEht- August 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm
@fingerssfv
You're a dumbass. Shogun and Penn lost by controversial decisions. That's why they got the instant rematch.
pepe- August 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm
If you have had any bruised rib, and if you have ever trained and fought in your life, you´d understand how painfull it really is, and its imposible to fight like that, I had it myself...
StinkFacer- August 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm
to me....an ass kicking constitutes blood, cuts, swollen eyes, etc. In retrospect....

Silva's face was cleaner than when he STARTED the fight. It's like Sonnen's powderpuff punches rejuvenated him with their magical healing powers.

Sonnen, on the other hand, after only taking 50(?) of silva's shots...was busted up, even though he won every round.

So um.... who got their ass kicked?

If i sat and poked you on the cheek for 23 minutes while laying on top of you, would you think i kicked your ass? Beat you up?

Imagine if Silva had landed...oh i dont know...even 150 strikes? Sonnen would be having his obituary read by some Log Cabin Republicans. Lance Armstrong would one testicle tea bag his tombstone.
BossNasty- August 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm
@fingerssfv

Where did it say Silva's ribs were broken? I beleive it said he had bruised ribs, and why does he need to show proof he won dumb shit. You sound like a fucking idiot. There's no where in the rules that you have to tap 12 and half times before it counts. If you were watching the fight either way sonnen was done he wasn't getting out of the triangle or the armbar and he knew it which is why his hand hovered over the thigh before he TAPPED. You can make all kinds of speculations about the the damage Silva took but there is no speculation about Sonnen being in a triangle with his arm on the verge of snapping. Also Silva did tell his corner after either the 2nd or 3rd round that his ribs were bothering him. How about next time you talk shit you have a slight idea about what the fuch you're talking about.

@Get Off Me

You're right. Sonnen whom I can't stand did an OUTstanding job in the ring, but his fatal flaw was not being a finisher. If you can't hurt your opponent and the majority of your strikes are little ineffective shots you will always run the risk of getting tapped by sitting in a bjj blackbelts guard for 5 rounds. Simple as that. If Sonnen could have done some damage he probably would have the belt on right now.
Get Off Me- August 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm
@Barc
Well played, I like creativity.
Truth is, with all the money he has helped me make with the bookies, I should give him a BJ to completion.
It's not so much repping Silva here, it's more about drawing a line in the sand with this whole lay and pray shit really. I think fight metric is useful only when looked at subjectively i.e. Sonnen's striking clinic on Silva. Take a look at Nick Diaz v. Scott Smith, the striking numbers will be very close(to scale i.e rd1 and rd2) to that of Sonnen v. Silva. Diaz won his fight and fucked Smith up "kicked his ass" and Smith's face agreed. Sonnen had nothing on his shots outside of the 3rd round, 85%(roughly) of his shots were while he was in the guard, Silva looked like he did before he got in the Octagon at the end of the fight, this will tell you how much actual abuse he took during the "ass kicking" he received. Maybe it should be Silva looked like he was getting his ass kicked to UFC fans, I think the one kick Chael threw almost ended with the James Irvin special.
fingerssfv- August 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm
But I suppose it's alright for Shogun to get one. Also Penn, huh? Just not Sonnen.
I already knew White would not allow a rematch any time soon. They want Silva to be the champ. He didn't lose, either. He was screwed out of his win. One tap after waving his hand around to find some place to grab, to keep his balance is not tapping. Sonnen was not shown tapping out. Every time Sonnen has lost by tapping out, he was tapping out. Not one tap, but tapping out. No one can convince me otherwise, either.
fingerssfv- August 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm
That's a crock! Just like when Mir beat Nog, ol Nog had been ill. I did not see any bruising on Silva's side. His waist wasn't wrapped up. Anyone with broken ribs, cannot move. SIlva needs to show proof positive the exact date and the X-Rays of his alleged broken ribs. I do not believe that bologna. Those broken ribs didn't cause him to go down when Sonnen cracked him, either. Most of what happened, broken ribs would have had absolutely nothing to do with it. No man with broken ribs would have been able to fight.

Besides, his excuse was he was thinking of his family, of his mom and his step dad. Nothing about oh sh*t, my broken ribs are hurting me. He was given the fight, thanks to Josh Rosenthal. Sonnen was not tapping out. He hit him once only. In a triangle choke and Sonnen has never tapped out by tapping one time. Each time he ever tapped, Sonnen repeatedly tapped over and over until the ref stopped the fight. These two were still fighting when Rosenthal jumped in. What a crock of sh*t.
Mechanicjitsu- August 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm
Nice Viva.
Mechanicjitsu- August 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm
As entertained as I was by this fight. No immediate rematch for Chael. Even though he and Vitor are the only 2 fighters who won't get slaughtered at 185, its not fair for every other fighter out there. If you get subbed by your opponent, and your name isn't Matt Wiman or Mac Danzig, time to get back in line. But the fact that Mr. Soares dosen't want an immediate rematch does really wanna make me see them fight again. Soon hopefully.
Viva Hate- August 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Silva recently received his degree from the University of Tito, he majored in Excuses with a minor in Bitching Out.

The University of Tito is an online school, like the University of Phoenix only it is run off a Commodore 64
knucklesamitch- August 9, 2010 at 11:55 am
For the sake of this fight I think from now on I will separate the terms "Ass kicked" and "beat up" when it comes to an MMA fight.

On Saturday Night, Anderson Silva got his ass kicked, but he wasn't beat up.
BossNasty- August 9, 2010 at 11:13 am
@Barc

So landing 1000 meaningless punches constitutes an ass kicking? You're saying that a punch doesn't have to have anything behind it in order to kick someones ass?
Barc- August 9, 2010 at 11:02 am
Getoffsilvasnuts-
I'd say that landing an average of one punch every 6 seconds on a dudes face counts as an as kicking. Silva took over 250 punches to his dome on saturday night... He landed just north of 50 total strikes. I'd say, the difference between "winning" a fight and kicking an ass is the difference between Jon Fitch and Chael Sonnen. But even Fitch's lead blanket style landed more shots, in less time, than Mr. Silva. Sorry to interrupt, I'm sure he was about to spurt... you can put it back in your mouth now.
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