Thiago Silva won his last fight against Rafael Cavalcante in June by first round KO, and earned double bonuses in the process. Not too shabby, but that doesn’t grant much job security if you went 1-3-2 in your previous six, and got suspended twice to boot.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Silva was apparently so preoccupied with arranging helicopters to ferry himself and his teammates around (according to Heidi Androl) that he didn’t quite have time to make weight. Even gettin’ naked only got him down to 208 lbs, and though he was given an hour to try again, he said “fuck it” after 45 minutes. Silva must now hand over 25% of his “show” money to Matt Hamill, which at his $55K+55K salary is far less than the sweet, sweet bonus cash that he’s now ineligible for.
Given Silva’s history in the last couple years, and Zuffa’s disdain for those who miss weight, one has to presume that his employment is now quite precarious. We could be looking at the next top Bellator or WSOF contender here, folks. Lucky for him, as long as he can defend the takedowns, he shouldn’t have much trouble getting the better of Matt Hamill. Especially since Chael Sonnen claims Hamill’s head trainer/coach/translator recently quit due to a lack of faith in Hamill’s abilities.
“Stefan Struve recently had a follow-up visit with his doctors to determine the efficacy of the treatment protocol he had been prescribed.
During his visit, the doctors informed Stefan that the leakage back into his heart has been greatly reduced.
Additionally, his heart is not as enlarged as it was, but since it is still enlarged, they are attributing it to a condition called ‘Sport Heart’ or ‘Athletic Heart Syndrome,’ which is fairly common in athletes who train rigorously for more than one hour per day and is generally considered benign.
Stefan’s doctors have cleared him to return to training so they can evaluate how he responds over the next several months.
No word on what these doctors will have to say for Struve to be considered fighting fit for the UFC. It could be any sort of known heart issue like this – he has two cusps going into his aortic valve instead of three – is an instant disqualifier from getting sanctioned in combat sports. Simply ‘attributing’ his enlarged heart to the fairly common Athletic Heart Syndrome also sounds overly positive.
Believing everything coming out of a fighter’s camp regarding recovery can be difficult when you know how insistent they are that they will return by hell or high water. Every positive sign is magnified 100 times while any medical opinion he cannot fight again will be dismissed as naysaying. We’ve just witnessed Michael Bisping nearly going blind while trying to convince the UFC he could still fight in Manchester. Fighters aren’t always the best arbitrators of what’s best for their long term health.
The UFC is back in Brazil for another Wednesday Night Fight on FOX Sports 1 and we’ll be running a Fightlinker chat for it! This sucker is on early so as not to push the start of TUF back too late, so come join us at 5PM EST for all the essential shit talking and Brazilian racism we’re famous for.
The Main Card on FOX Sports 1 (7PM EST)
- Demian Maia vs Jake Shields
- Dong Hyun Kim vs Erick Silva
- Matt Hamill vs Thiago Silva
- Joey Beltran vs Fabio Maldonado
- Rousimar Palhares vs Mike Pierce
- Raphael Assuncao vs T.J. Dillashaw
Prelims on FOX Sports 1 (5PM EST)
- Igor Araujo vs Ildemar Alcantara
- Yan Cabral vs David Mitchell
- Chris Cariaso vs Iliarde Santos
- Alan Patrick vs Garett Whiteley
Although I’ve never met one of these people in real life, America is apparently full of people who blame Obama for this current government shutdown. And while I haven’t heard many of these people complain about the programs for needy mothers and children that have shut down, you know they’re pissed off about war monuments and vacation spots being shuttered. Oh, and The Troops not getting sports coverage. Matt Brown takes El Blacko Presidente to task for this:
“I have the highest respect for our soldiers and wish all the best for them. Apparently, Obama thinks differently. Our soldiers should be treated with respect and should not be subject to the downfalls of the American political system. It’s very disheartening to hear that our soldiers are suffering even more than usual because our politicians can not agree on anything. The last people that should suffer is them. Again, Obama thinks differently. I wish the troops the best and hope I can make a difference in getting some entertainment back to them.”
Brown had a message for Obama and his administration: “I would tell the president that he needs a reality check. He should go serve for a year in the Middle East and see firsthand what it is like to be there. Obviously, he has no clue and no empathy for these men and women.”
I can only assume this is Matt slowly ramping up on some smack talk before inevitably challenging / threatening Barack Obama, Jacob Volkmann style.
Fighters are all over twitter like fat kids on cake, so will they end up using videoclip sharing platforms like Vine and Instagram Video in similar numbers? I dunno, but this clip from Urijah Faber of Chad Mendez showing off some serious push up swagger makes me hope so. This seems like something Pat Barry was born to use…
Get with it Barry, the Youtubes are for grandpas.