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Silva’s Manager Says Anderson’s Ribs Still Aren’t Healed; Belfort Fight Might Not Happen Until February 5

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When UFC president Dana White confirmed that Vitor Belfort would be stepping in to face Anderson Silva next while Chael Sonnen tries to talk himself out of a one-year suspension for testing positive for steroids, one piece of info that he left out was when we can expect the fight to go down.

Silva’s manager, Ed Soares revealed in an interview with MMAWeekly yesterday that Anderson is still experiencing pain in the rib he injured in his four-and-a-half round war with Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 and he may not be ready in time for UFC 125 on January 1 so the fight may have to wait until February 5.

"His rib is stil very tender. They’re very sore. That’s what I’m talking to him about. It’s still a bit sore, but it’s healing up. It’s still not 100 percent. He needs to be training at least 10 weeks with his ribs not being hurt. It’s still tender and it really hurts [him] to throw knees and stuff like that," Soares explained. "I think at this point, we don’t know what date it’s going to be. It’s definitely going to be some time next year. We just don’t know if it’s going to be January first or SuperBowl weekend."

When asked about the change in opponent from Sonnen to Belfort, Soares was complimentary of the former UFC light heavyweight champion who is widely regarded as being Silva’s toughest opponent  to date.

"Great. It doesn’t make a difference. Whoever they put in front of us…like I said, we have never chosen who our opponents are," Soares said. "Whoever the UFC offers, we’re fine with. If it’s Vitor, then great, it’s Vitor. Vitor’s a very technical fighter — very well rounded; I think it’ll be a fight that the fans will enjoy."

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NinjaNerd8- September 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Sounds to me like you're a nuthugger. Silva and Soares are constantly bitching about match ups and "why he shouldn't have to fight ______." For the most part, the number one contender is the guy who's beaten everyone of relevence (usually in some sort of loose tournament format where the winners of two match ups fight each other, etc) in a particular weight class except the champion. That means you don't get to choose against whom you defend your belt. So what do you have to bitch about, just fight whoever they put in front of you.

I can't say Silva's scared, I don't know him personally nor can I read his mind but I do know he hasn't fought the top pound for pound fighters in the world so far. Chris Leben? James Irvin? Forrest Griffin? Travis Lutter? Patrick Cote? Nate Marquardt? Demian Maia? None of these guys are among the best in the world. 25-11 Chael Sonnen dominated him for 23.5 minutes and made him look like he didn't even belong in the UFC before he finally caught him. He's been legitimitely beaten by 3 journeymen who never amounted to anything. Finally he's fighting someone who can match his counter striking and timing and not just smash him around but actually finish him inside 25 minutes.

Hop off the guy's ball sack.
Stak40- September 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm
Someone explain to me in what source did they find that Silva "stalls" and is scared of Belfort! Sounds to me like a bunch of haters just saying random shit because it sounds good to them. GTFOOH!
King Kong Kim- September 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Stalling in the hopes that Belfort gets injured in practice.
Hank Mardukis- September 23, 2010 at 11:08 am
@ RwilsonR

I believe he got a title shot set for UFC 90, but got injured and was replaced by (according to Sonnen) a one legged canadian.
RwilsonR- September 23, 2010 at 10:31 am
@ whiterice - how is Okami getting the screw job? He is still in a number 1 contenders match, just now against Marquardt.

I don't get these people that are so intent on showing how screwed over Okami is. He wins a couple, but not against big names, and people call for a title shot. So they give him Franklin, and he loses. He wins a few more, and again there are calls for a title shot, though he still hasn't actually beaten a top contender. So they give him Sonnen, and he loses. He wins a few more, and again... more calls for a title shot when he hasn't beaten a top contender. So he is given Marquardt. We'll see how he does. If he can beat Marquardt, he deserves his shot. If not, he will have lost every time they have given him a top contender, and he doesn't deserve the title shot. Seems pretty simple to me, and he has not gotten screwed out of anything. This is now his third chance at a number 1 contenders match to prove he deserves the title shot. Whether it is against Belfort or Marquardt, he should be able to beat either if he wants to be champ.
Kimbos Bread- September 23, 2010 at 9:56 am
Anderson is no way the best fighter in history. Dude is scared chicken shit of Belfort.

"Tender ribs" my ass. You can tell Soars was making shit up on the spot using terms deeply rooted in his subconscious.
Douchey McDoucherton- September 23, 2010 at 9:31 am
I for one like tender ribs, makes the meat come right off the bone.
cecils_pupils- September 23, 2010 at 9:09 am
Dana will make this happen for the NYE fight - believe it Soar-Ass!
Sudos KFC- September 23, 2010 at 9:06 am
It does not take this long to heal ribs., if his ribs still hurt he is playing too much paintball.
whiterice- September 23, 2010 at 9:01 am
sounds like okami is getting the screw job. not that i know a better way to fix the situation - but he was in a #1 contender match, and now he's in limbo (i haven't heard whats next for him now) and who knows if he'll even get another shot.
Videodrome_NOW- September 23, 2010 at 8:58 am
His ribs hurt? Or does his vagina hurt after the most brutal dry humping Chael could give him on PPV?

So "IF" Chael does appeal his claim, and wins, then what? No rematch? Does he get the loser of Marquardt and Okami? What then, dammit?
fACE7biter- September 23, 2010 at 8:57 am
Couldn't have said it better.

Ed Soares never says anything that could be considered crowd pleasing. I really didn't expect this fight to happen Jan 1 as Anderson likes to stall, but what's going to be the Jan 1 main event now?
agentsmith- September 23, 2010 at 8:46 am
"We have never chosen who our opponents are."

Chosen, no... complained about, yes.
Viva Hate- September 23, 2010 at 8:43 am
Homer Simpson voice MMMMMMMMM tender ribs
Fried Taco- September 23, 2010 at 8:28 am
I'm guessing February 5th, because the Brazilians don't care about the Superbowl. As long as it's before carnaval...
831 Father- September 23, 2010 at 8:27 am
Obviously, the quickest way to heal those ribs is for Dana to pull Vitor out of the title fight.