Prior to Anderson Silva’s disastrous title defense against Chris Weidman, his first loss in over seven years, Brazilian website Esporte Interativo reported that the former champ was suffering from a rib injury. Silva’s camp denied the rumor at the time, but just yesterday, Silva finally admitted that he was actually hurt.
Silva likely did not Weidman to know where he was weak, not that it made much of a difference.
“It was good that you mentioned this because I was really hurt,” Silva said at a UFC 168 media scrum on Sunday. “Nobody mentioned this yet, but that’s not an excuse for my performance. It was below where I was injured for my first fight with Chael Sonnen. That’s it. I was at 85 percent of my physical condition.”
Silva declined to elaborate on the nature of the injury, or how he got it, but stated that he will be back to 100% for his December rematch.
“I can’t talk about this because anything I say can be used against me,” he said. “It’s in the past. I’m okay now.”
He also added that he’ll begin his training on Wednesday, and that Weidman should be prepared for a “different Anderson.”
“I’ll start my camp for this fight on Wednesday then I’ll go to the United States to meet the rest of the team,” he said. “Some friends are coming from Cuba to help me in the wrestling part and I’ll finish the preparation in Los Angeles.”
“Of course he wants me to go straight forward so he would take me down. But a different Anderson is coming. He will have to train well for this fight.”