There are conflicting reports out about the condition of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's rib. Brazilian reporter Luiz Prota is reporting that Silva has a rib injury, that could potentially threaten his UFC 162 fight vs. Chris Weidman.
However Anderson Silva's trainer Rogério Camões, denied that "The Spider" has a rib problem. Slva's manager Ed Soares denied the rumors, telling BleacherReport "he's fine."
Further UFC President Dana White told Ariel Helwani flatly that the rumor is false:
Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani
•Regarding a Brazilian report that Anderson Silva is out of 162, Silva's camp just told me emphatically "that's not true" multiple times.
•They said he's totally fine, never injured his ribs etc. etc. No one else seems to know anything about this.
•Along with Anderson Silva's camp, Dana White just told me the Silva injury report is not true, as well.
The reporter himself hedged his bet, via Twitter:
Luiz Prota @luizprota
Just to make things clear, I haven´t said Spider is out of UFC162 fight. It would depend of the injury´s gravity! If he is ok, that´s great!
Anderson Silva may have fractured rib, according to clinic officials
A bomb, unveiled Wednesday, may change Dana White's plans for the next edition of the UFC. According to information provided to Yahoo! Sports Interactive by sources within the Rio de Janeiro clinic where he was examined, Anderson Silva has a broken rib. The extent of the problem is uknown, but it could put at risk Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman at UFC 162.
Anderson has x-ray examinations done in the CDP clinicI, which has branches in the neighborhoods of Barra da Tijuca and Leblon.
Remember that Anderson Silva has fought once with a rib problems. After winning the first Chael Sonnen at UFC 117, Silva revealed he had a cracked rib, which may have hindered their performance.
Now, we have to wait for an official statement from the fighter and the clinic and learn how it can affect his fight against Chris Weidman, which is scheduled for July 6, in a little over a month.
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