Although UFC president Dana White initially suggested reigning middleweight king Anderson Silva (Pictured) wouldn’t return to action until mid-June, Silva’s injured shoulder appears to be healing faster than expected. “The Spider” recently came back to the gym to help Erick Silva prepare for next week’s UFC 142 scrap.
In exclusive photos provided by Brazilian website TATAME.com, Silva is seen sparring, working his clinch game and of course flashing his infectious smile – which leads many to believe the pain in his shoulder has finally subsided.
The baddest 185-pounder in bare feet revealed after his effortless knockout of Yushin Okami in August that he entered UFC 134 with the wound and was on anti-inflammatory medicine a month prior to showtime.
It marked the second time in three scraps where Silva wasn’t in top physical condition when the cage door slammed shut. After his Hail Mary submission victory over Chael Sonnen, the 36-year-old said he injured his ribs a week-and-a-half before UFC 117.
Silva is expected to defend his throne against the winner of this month’s Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz fight when the UFC returns to FOX.