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Silva’s Trainer Says Anderson Won’t be Back in the Octagon this Year

("Should I wear my pink sweater to my victory party or my….HOLY SHIT!!")
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According to one of Anderson Silva‘s jiu-jitsu coaches, Ramon Lemos, the UFC middleweight champion likely won’t fight again until March of 2011 as he will need time to heal from a "fractured rib" he sustained in the first round of his seventh title defense saturday night against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 in Oakland, CA.

Ramos revealed the news to Fighters Only today.

"After the first round he said he broke his ribs. He said told me he could not breathe because of the rib. I told him to forget the rib and work the movement of legs and he would get the triangle… After the fight he went to the hospital and did an x-ray and the doctor said he did not break it, it was just a crack," Lemos recalled. "Anderson is expected to return in February or March." 

According to WebMD, a fractured rib can take at least six weeks to heal completely and the only recourse is rest and the application of ice to the injured area. Given that timeline, Silva could be ready to resume training near the end of September, which would give him ample time to prepare for a December or January bout, but according to Lemos, two fights is more than enough for his charge.

"We have not talked, but he has to take care of injuries, he fought twice last year and had an operation on his elbow," Lemos said. "This year he made two more fights and now with this rib injury … He is no longer a boy, he is 34 years old.”

Although there were rumors prior to the bout that Vitor Belfort would likely get the next shot at the winner of Silva-Sonnen the reaction of fans and the media who seem to collectively be calling for a rematch of Saturday night’s main event may mean Belfort, who hasn’t fought since beating Rich Franklin last September, will either have to take a knee and wait this one out or he’ll have to take whatever the UFC offers him.

I spoke to Vitor’s trainer Shawn Tompkins last week and he stated that although they are most interested in a title shot, at this point Belfort "will fight whomever the UFC put in front of him."

An interesting figure Yahoo’s Dave Meltzer dropped today that may push the UFC’s hand in the direction of signing Sonnen-Silva II over Belfort-Silva is that five hours after their fight, 11 of the top 20 Google search terms were in reference to Chael.

In an interview with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani following the event, UFC president was noncommittal as to whether or not Sonnen would be granted an immediate rematch, but he did say that he is obligated to give the fans what they want, so the fight is a logical one.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what plays out. If Silva doesn’t fight until next year, maybe a Sonnen-Belfort match-up will have to be made to decide who gets the next crack at "The Spider."

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steelfist- August 10, 2010 at 11:56 pm
Everytime a someone mentions something that might be racist whites jump abroad and claim that person is crazy, doesn't know what they are talking about. I've been on multiple messageboards leading up to the fight and I've seen it myself.

The same people that claim that they don't like Silva because he was "classless" and "disrespectful" in his previous fights are the same people that have supported Sonnen as he has been classless and disrespectful before and after his fight with Silva.

Why is that? Both people demonstrated behavior you claim to not like, yet you root for one.
ccman- August 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm
What frank said plus "keep the race card in your ignorant fucking pocket"
fatbellyfrank- August 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm
@ machine boi, haven't seen you here for a while, and yep, straight onto the race thing, at least your consistent, but you really do need to keep this shit in perspective. It appears you have an issue where everything is down to race, take your blinkers off for a day and smell the roses dude, some times shit just happens and race is not the cause of it.
For what its worth, Sonnen's bullshit got on my tits big time in the lead up , and I was very happy to see Silva win in the manner he did, that would just about destroy him mentally, and for people to suggest it was luck, or Sonnen deserved the win is just plain out disrespectful to Anderson, He took everything Sonnen had, and then finished when he got an opportunity., the mark of a champion IMO.
Peace and Love to you Brother Machineboi, and try and remember we're not all prospective Klan members here.
ccman- August 10, 2010 at 10:04 am
@machine. Obviously you missed the "keep your race card in your ignorant fucking pocket" rule we passed. Its in the rules after ignore tito and right before pretend shad isn't gay.

It must be because he is black, can't be people still feel cheated from his clown acts in past fights. Must be skin not absolute disdain for his manager who speaks for him.

Back to following the rules.
StinkFacer- August 10, 2010 at 9:21 am

They would hype it by sporting their first "Secret" main event, and promise people that it's two of the most dominant welterweights in the sport today, both of which have stellar careers. Then they'll tell you that whoever wins it, will have the next title shot.'d be true.

But lets be honest....if that was the main event on a versus card, I still wouldn't watch it. I'm no masochist.

Ballkick- August 10, 2010 at 8:35 am
Like fbf I too suffered a cracked rib,...worst injury in recent memory, hard to breathe, limited my mobility big time. I certainly do not want to bolster the excuse train coming out of the Silva camp, Anderson got man-handled for the complete fight. PERIOD,....END OF STORY!
If the UFC will not give Chael of Vitor a crack at Silva next, then I would love to see how Chael would fair against Belfort, my guess is not so well.
But I also picked Silva to win this last fight decisively,.....I'm even doubting my picks after Sonnen/Silva and Carwin/Lesnar. Not exactly a stellar record as of late.

BTW.....if I ever see advertised by the UFC the match-up of Fitch Vs SheildZzzzz.....

..................sorry,.....i nodded off for a bit there........well anyways that to me would be tantamount to the UFC "Jumping the Shark" How would they hype that fight....
Machineboi- August 10, 2010 at 8:13 am
Face it. Chael has talked more sh*t than any other fighter leading up to this fight, yet you guys praise him. He lied about tapping, yet you praise him. Silva won in spectacular fashion , even with a broken rib, yet you praise Chael.

Silva never said anything disrespectful about Cahel, yet you denegrate him. He showed the heart of a warrior, yet you denegrate him. He WON THE FUCKING FIGHT, EVEN WITH A BROKEN RIB, yet you denegrate him. Its pretty obvious whats going on here.

You were waiting for your shiny white knight to take out "blackie", yet he couldn't deliver.......

.......but no worries.....
eskeleto- August 10, 2010 at 7:41 am
Im calling it right now: Palhares vs Sonnen for the title shot.
Dagnut- August 10, 2010 at 3:54 am
Sonnen had a good night against Silva Il give him that but he lost...NO ONE would even be talking about him if Marquardt had of put him away which he should many people where shouting for a rematch in that one? In all honesty Sonnen was no where near finishing Silva, for all his dominance, Marquardt had him in 2 chokes and really should of put him away
Häkkiperuna- August 10, 2010 at 12:56 am
@ silva_is_over_rated

Please die.
fatbellyfrank- August 9, 2010 at 11:03 pm
@ nastynate, absolutely, I craked a rib one time, and also rolled some rib cartilages in a seperate injury, I couldn't accurately say which one hurts more, but to say they restrict your mobility is the understatement of all understatements, Rib injuries only hurt when you breath in and out, and they hurt like a fucken bitch. I was out of action for 6 weeks each time.
BFG- August 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm
Chael should get the rematch, while Vitor should get Nate
NastyNate0217- August 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm
Rematch is a great sell for the UFC. I also agree with mthomas, give Belfort to Bisping while Silva and Sonnen rematach. Belfort will surely destroy Bisping while Silva and Sonnen rematch giving a either one a great contender to fight.

P.S. To the people saying a rib injury is nothing and nobody goes into a fight %100... You have obviously not wrestled or done any type competitive grappling.
fatbellyfrank- August 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm
@ Stinkfacer, well fuck, so that means never right, I was really looking forward to some slutty ring girls
mthomas- August 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm
They should feed Bisping to Vitor as a tune-up fight. Perfect style match-up for the Phenom...
StinkFacer- August 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm
Somewhere around the chances of John Fitch finishing a fight.
fatbellyfrank- August 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm
Hey assembly of new dads. whats the chances of getting a top ten punch faces article and some random shit about hot slutty ring girls just to lighten the mood
Erased230- August 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm
Silva is not overrated, he's beat everyone he's fought, and made successfully defended his title a dozen times (rec check). He beat legit comp, they seem like tomato cans, cuz they look like it when they fight him....Sonnen did a brilliant job, and exposed Silva's weakness! A world class grappler can take the guy down, if they can stand his striking for the setup. Sonnen has a new fan in me, he's a tough SOB, but Silva pulled it out in the 11th hour, that's how the cookie crumbled. Stop crying over it.
FreddyFangers- August 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm
Chael looked great but couldnt finish the Champ, enough said. Its also retarded to say Silva has only beat cans.
ccman- August 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm
Ok. Now soares is saying to yahoo sonnen did no damage for 23 minutes so does not deserve a rematch.

So much for the broken rib I guess.
LJM- August 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm
You really should hold off calling someone an "idiot" until you've mastered 4th Grade grammar. Just sayin'.
fACE7biter- August 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm
The bottom line is Chael made himself a household name leading up to and during the fight. The people want to see more of him, and if he can't get a rematch with Anderson in the foreseeable future, then give him one more fight around December or January. He could fight Vitor, maybe rematch Maia, or some other middleweight one the way up. Either way, hes no less deserving of the next title shot than Vitor is. There is such a talent gap between Anderson and the rest of the division that its more about who has a realistic chance of beating him and less about win streaks and contender matches. Bottom line, Chael proved the can beat Anderson, and is the first in the UFC to stand a chance. PPV numbers will dictate that the fans want a rematch.
StinkFacer- August 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm
No Dazed, you have to understand, this man is riding Chael Sonnens dick so hard the tip of his cock has poked his brain and made him hallucinate. That or Chael's craziness is really an STD and this man didn't use protection.
StinkFacer- August 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm
lmfao little angry internet troller, no matter how hard you wish it, chael got stomped. By the way, no matter how cool you think you are online, you still got to sign off and be you at the end of the day. Damn. Im sorry.
DazedNConfused- August 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm
I would love for Vitor to knockout Sonnen, and then finish off Silva for the ultimate fairytale ending, but it would be a longshot!

They better get those fights going soon because that fucker is getting old. 19year old Vitor would have mopped the floor with Sonnen. But time flies.