Former Pride middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva was forced to pull out of “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” on Tuesday after breaking three ribs while training. Silva spent some time to address his ribs, as well as another serious injury.
To the surprise of many, it wasn’t just broken ribs that Silva had been dealing with, but also a torn up knee that he was advised to have surgery on by multiple doctors.
“Two weeks ago I felt pain in my knee while I was training wrestling. I had an MRI of my knee and three doctors told me my knee was torn,” Silva told Fighter’s Only. “I took medicine to help with the pain, and although my knee felt loose, I said ‘no,’ this date is very important to me and I continued training.”
Silva was still prepared to fight. Going against doctor’s suggestions, he took some pain medication to deal with the knee to ensure that he would be able to fight on July 3rd, his birthday.
“Last Friday, during sparring, I injured my rib. It was very painful and the next day I had an x-ray and an MRI. I discovered I had three broken ribs,” the Brazilian continued.
That’s when Silva knew it was time to shut it down.
Now, he can look towards months of rehabilitation following surgery. He’s hopeful that he may be able to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama at some point down the road.
Fellow middleweight Chris Leben has stepped in to fill Silva’s shoes to face Akiyama at UFC 116. By the time fight night comes around, Leben will have had only 14 days between fights. He defeated the then undefeated Aaron Simpson at “The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale” on June 19th.
“The Axe Murderer” last competed at UFC 110 in February where he beat Michael Bisping via unanimous decision in the UFC’s first event in Australia.