Anderson Silva explained during his victory speech over Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 that his doctor asked him not to fight because of a bruised rib. There was no fractures explained Silva’s manager Ed Soares, but swelling could be seen, causing the champ much pain just days from the fight.
“It was really close because the doctors didn’t want him to fight. He hurt his rib last Friday in sparring. He hurt it, but he didn’t think it was hurt that bad and then Sunday morning, I had about 13 missed calls in a matter of 25 minutes. They were all from Anderson and he was calling me to tell me he was in pain. He couldn’t breathe.
I took him to the hospital and they X-Rayed each rib and they noticed that it was a bit swollen, but there was no fracture. They said it was bruised ribs, but the way he reacted when they touched it and how tender they were, they said it was in the muscle as well as the bruise. I’m not a doctor, but this is just what they told us. They prescribed some Ibuprofen 800 for him because it was so close to the fight, they couldn’t do any Vicodin.
The doctors said, “I really don’t recommend that he fights,” but Anderson said, “No man, the show must go on. I’m going to fight.” I put it this way, he was supposed to corner Mark Munoz on Sunday for his fight against Okami, but I made him stay at home in bed. He was just lying around and letting his ribs heal up on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday because we traveled. He didn’t train again until we got to Oakland. He gave his ribs about a 5-day rest”
Could this be the reason for Sonnen’s shocking domination for four rounds before falling pray to the Spiders web of submissions? Silva said that he did not want to make excuses for his performance, but the comment was almost reminiscent of a Tito Ortiz defeated speech.