The legend of “The Spider” continues to grow. According to middleweight king Anderson Silva, he posted his effortless 2ndRound TKO victory over Yushin Okami at UFC 134 with an injured shoulder.
“A month before the fight, I hurt my shoulder training with Junior dos Santos and entered Rio with pain. I had to take anti-inflammatory medicine and advised the Athletic Committee on the medicine I took,” Silva told Jeja (Courtesy of Google Translate).
“I talked to my doctors. I did an MRI shortly after I began to feel pain in the shoulder and the doctors released me, said it was not anything too grave. It was a small lesion. I think the muscles of the rotator cuff, but it bothers me. I will now rest to do treatment.”
The 36-year-old did not specify which shoulder was hurt during training. Interestingly, Silva may have entered the HSBC Arena in Brazil last month with a wound, but he was not included on the UFC 134 medical suspension list after collecting his ninth successful title defense.
This marks 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 at UFC 117, the baddest 185-pounder in bare feet revealed he had injured his ribs a week-and-a-half before showtime.