The hope for a previously rumored bout between Wanderlei Silva and Michael Bisping for UFC 105 was abandoned earlier this week after Bisping reported through his official website that Silva was recovering from facial surgery, and would possibly be out until 2010.
While it now appears as though “The Axe Murderer” is in fact recovering from facial surgery, to be more specific, GRACIEMAG.com was able to dig up information confirming that Silva is currently recovering from an operation on his septum.
“The procedure will help Wanderlei breathe better,” explained Silva’s physical conditioning coach, Rafael Alejarra. “It will improve not just his quality as an athlete but also his daily life. It’s a region that has been badly punished and was recuperated for him to perform better.”
UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin recently underwent a similar procedure following his knockout victory over Gabriel Gonzaga. The recovery can be extensive and painful, but Silva should be better than ever cardio-wise when he comes back.
There is no word on when Wanderlei Silva will be able to return to action at this time.