According to the current title-holder’s manager, Ed Soares, Anderson Silva is still undergoing physical therapy for recent surgery to his elbow and will be unable to compete on January 2nd at UFC 108 (as had been previously rumored). Soares made the comments in a brief statement to MMAJunkie, where he also reiterated his belief “The Phenom” is undeserving of an opportunity to win Silva’s belt.
“Like I said before, I don’t think he deserves a title shot, but that’s over with now,” explained Soares. “It is what it is. Whoever the UFC puts in front of us, we’ll fight. We’ve never picked our opponents.”
As far as a date “The Spider” will be ready to face Belfort, Soares continued, “We have to wait and see…Anderson went back to Brazil, and he’s continuing his physical therapy there, but there’s no set date yet. Anderson’s recovery is going really, really well. He’s coming back and his recovery is doing really good. His physical therapy is going really well. He’s getting better range of motion. He’ll be back 100% for sure.”