After weeks of speculation, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has finally gone under the knife to have his dinged-up elbow repaired (he can thank Rick Franklin’s face for that). According to his manager, Ed Soares, Silva underwent successful surgery, however he may be on the shelf longer than anticipated.
“They found some things that they weren’t aware of (during the surgery), which is a good thing,” Soares told Sherdog.com. “If we’re going to be fighting for the title, we want to make sure Anderson’s 100-percent.”
And of course the title bout in question is his heavily-rumored UFC 108 scrap against Vitor Belfort, the division’s apparent “top contender.” However, don’t ask Soares what he thinks about Belfort’s position on the middleweight totem pole.
Ok, fine, let’s ask him.
“Vitor has not fought in the UFC at 185 pounds,” he said. “Now, I know people can say Anderson fought for the belt after one fight, and that’s true, but he fought at 185 pounds. At 195 pounds, he didn’t make weight [in his UFC 101 victory over Rich Franklin], at first. So he couldn’t make weight at 195 pounds, but now he’s going to fight for the title at 185 pounds?”
Soares maintains that a top contender bout between Nate Marquardt and Dan Henderson would make the most sense in determining who gets next dibs at his client’s strap. However, that would mean Silva’s title wouldn’t be defended for at least another seven months, which by then would be over a year since he fought in a 5Round affair.
“The Spiker” last put his title on the line against Thales Leites at UFC 97 back in April. After that uneventful unanimous decision victory, Silva moved up to light heavy for three minutes and 23 seconds just so he could jab Forrest Griffin to death at UFC 101.
Since that dominating win, Silva has postponed surgery to help some of his homies train for their upcoming bouts, including UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida’s first title defense at UFC 104 later this month. However, now that things have calmed, it’s time for him to take care of Number One.
“It’s doctor’s decision,” Silva said of his status. “My elbow is hurt, but my doctor said come back to training, come back to fight.”
January 2nd is still quite a bit away, so we’ll just have to see how well Silva’s elbow responds to rehab. If his ‘bow isn’t fully mended in time to participate in a FULL training camp, then Soares said it’s no biggie, they can just reschedule for a later date.
I’m sure that must be music to UFC president Dana White’s ears …
Here are the fighters rumored to be competing inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon
Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabe Gonzaga
Thiago Silva vs. Rashad Evans
Vitor Belfort vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)