Anderson Silva’s return to training might not be full-steam ahead just yet.
“The Spider” was recently shown working out with several of us usual training partners at a gym in Brazil. Also, Silva’s physiotherapist reported that the UFC middleweight champ was 100% and would be back inside the Octagon very soon.
Silva, however, has changed the tune on all that in a recent interview with SporTV, saying, “I’m not sure when I’ll be back. I got an injury in my shoulder and another injury that just happened in my lumbar, so I’m treating myself.”
This could be grave news for the UFC, currently without UFC welterweight ace Georges St. Pierre to a knee injury and just lost former UFC heavyweight title-holder Brock Lesnar to retirement. Both GSP and Lesnar were constant draws in terms of pay-per-view buys and crowds for events. Silva is another fighter who routinely sold out shows wherever he was fighting.
Silva has been out of action since last August when he defeated Yushin Okami to avenge the last defeat of his career. It has been rumored that “The Spider” would face Chael Sonnen or Mark Munoz later this year at a huge stadium show in Brazil. This injury news could put a damper on those plans.
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC