After getting tenderized by Chael Sonnen for 23 minutes, Anderson Silva had an “I fought with a cracked skull” moment as he tactfully revealed that had it not been for a rib injury, he would have smoked Sonnen a lot sooner. Or at least that’s how the crowd took it, because they gave him some serious boo-urns over the comment. Now here’s Ed Soares with more details on the injury:
ES: It was really close because the doctors didn’t want him to fight. He hurt his rib last Friday in sparring. He hurt it, but he didn’t think it was hurt that bad and then Sunday morning, I had about 13 missed calls in a matter of 25 minutes. They were all from Anderson and he was calling me to tell me he was in pain. He couldn’t breathe. I took him to the hospital and they X-Rayed each rib and they noticed that it was a bit swollen, but there was no fracture. They said it was bruised ribs, but the way he reacted when they touched it and how tender they were, they said it was in the muscle as well as the bruise. I’m not a doctor, but this is just what they told us. They prescribed some Ibuprofen 800 for him because it was so close to the fight, they couldn’t do any Vicodin. The doctors said, “I really don’t recommend that he fights,” but Anderson said, “No man, the show must go on. I’m going to fight.” I put it this way, he was supposed to corner Mark Munoz on Sunday for his fight against Okami, but I made him stay at home in bed. He was just lying around and letting his ribs heal up on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday because we traveled. He didn’t train again until we got to Oakland. He gave his ribs about a 5-day rest.
This is one of those times where part of you wants to say “Screw Anderson with his excuses” while the more rational, reasonable side goes “Well, that certainly explains a whole lot.” I don’t know if this makes things more or less interesting for the proposed (immediate?) rematch or heaven forbid an entire TUF season built around Anderson / Chael 2. All I know is that I still wouldn’t mind seeing Silva giving Sonnen some of that sugar he gave to Franklin twice.
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