Anderson Silva Says Rib Injury Had Him At 85% Against Chris Weidman

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva spoke this week with Combate about his loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 and what may have played a role in the loss. Although denied at the time, a rib injury was rumored prior to the bout and now Silva says he came in to the title defense hurt:

“It is good to talk about it, because I was really hurt,” said Silva. “So far no one had touched on this subject, but this is no excuse for my performance. It was slightly below the rib that I had fractured before the first fight against Sonnen. And that’s it. I was 85% of my physical condition.”

Asked to detail the injury, the Spider wasn’t open to discussing it further.

“I can not talk about it because anything I talk can be used against me,” said Silva, adding “it is past.”

Silva also said the injury had healed, and that he was set to begin training for the Dec. 28th rematch this week.

“I’m fine now,” said Silva. “Wednesday I start to train for the fight.”

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