Early reports by the Spider – Anderson Silva were that he came into the fight with a bruised rib. Following his UFC 117 victory over the tenacious Chael Sonnen, Silva was taken to the hospital to find out he had suffered a cracked rib in the fight which he had been complaining about since round one said his jiu-jitsu instructor Ramon Lemos to FighterMag. An impressive note to an already monumental moment, as the champ was able to endure four and a half rounds of beatings before finishing with an armbar – triangle combination.
“After the first round he said he broke his ribs. He said told me he could not breath because of the rib. I told him to forget the rib and work the movement of legs and he would get the triangle… After the fight he went to the hospital and did an x-ray and the doctor said he did not break it, it was just a crack,” he said.
“Anderson is expected to return in February or March. We have not talked, but he has to take care of injuries, he fought twice last year and had an operation on his elbow. This year he made two more fights and now with this rib injury … He is no longer a boy, he is 34 years old.”