Anderson Silva’s Camp Denies Rumor that UFC Champ is Injured and Out of Chris Weidman Bout

May 29, 2013
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Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117Despite initial rumors to the contrary, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is not pulling out of his scheduled UFC 162 bout with Chris Weidman.

Rumors began flying hot and heavy on Wednesday when Yahoo! Esportes posted a report indicating that Silva had gone to a clinic in Rio de Janeiro with a suspected broken rib.

Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, on Wednesday denied that the rumors were true, stating that Silva would not be withdrawing from the fight with Weidman.

“Not true,” Soares told MMAWeekly.com. “I just spoke with him.”

It will have been a year, almost to the day, that Silva last defended his UFC middleweight championship when he steps into the Octagon with Weidman on July 6 at UFC 162.

His last title defense was against Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012.

Silva has fought once since that time, destroying Stephan Bonnar in the first round of their UFC 153 light heavyweight match-up.

Weidman hasn’t fought at all since July of last year when he defeated Mark Munoz at UFC on Fuel TV 4. That bout was less than a week after Silva stopped Sonnen, but the native New Yorker has been on the sidelines ever since.

Weidman had been slated to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 in late December, but had to withdraw from the bout due to an injury.

During the time he was out of action, however, several top middleweight contenders fell to the wayside, leaving Silva and Weidman as the logical match-up at UFC 162 in Las Vegas.

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  • man

    His last defense was agains Stephan Bonnar, not Chael Sonnen!

    • rog

      that wasnt a title fight

    • Sir_Roy

      The report mentions his bout with Bonnar. But that was at 205.

    • http://www.MMAWeekly.com/ Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly

      Last 185 defense was against Sonnen. His last fight was against Bonnar, at 205, non-title fight.

  • Rog

    spider tko 1st round

    • Baller31

      Not going to happen. Weidman has all the skills to give AS a good match.

      • jrcr_15

        yes he does, but still: Spider tko 1st round

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        We’ve been hearing this for years with every guy who’s next to face Silva. He’s taken on LHW strikers like James Irvin, BJJ Black belts like Maia and Leites, and olympic caliber wrestlers like Henderson and Sonnen. The guy destroyed Bonnar at LHW and hasn’t slowed down a bit after all these years. I just want to know who everyone will be routing for next if Silva beats Weidman. Probably Jones. Yes everyone will talk about Silva like he’s a nobody and how he can’t take Jones and if he does lose to Jones half the people will talk about him like he’s nothing. For some reason I think most people are dying to see Silva lose because of his success. It’s sad really.

        • Baller31

          Let’s see…Sonnen dominated Silva 5 out of 7 rounds…Weidman’s wrestling is as good or better than Sonnen’s (Sonnen’s words, and i agree), I mean, Weidman took down Silva’s wrestling coach, Munoz, at will….and his striking and jiu jitsu are far above Sonnen. Dude you really going to bring up Irvin or Bonnar?? Those matchups were a joke and everyone knew it. Silva’s weakness has always been good wrestlers…Henderson won the first round of their match as well. This is the first time I have thought someone had the skills and ability to beat Silva…we’ll find out in July.

          • Mark McDowall

            It doesnt matter if Sonnen dominated all but 2 seconds of there fights…he didn’t win. ALL that matters is who leaves with the belt. Weidman has skills no doubt…it doesn’t matter…Silva will win as he usually does.

          • Baller31

            What i’m trying to say is Weidman has all of Sonnen’s strengths and none of his weaknesses..I think AS is an amazing champion, and i love to watch him fight..but Weidman is the worst possible matchup for AS out of all the fights that he’s been in..we’ll see who wins…my pick remains Weidman

          • Mark McDowall

            I agree with what your saying. But if you take all of the strengths Weidman has, Silva has seen them and defeated them before. I think the only person in the UFC that is a true threat to Silva…is Jon Jones.

          • Baller31

            I agree that Jones would be bad news for Silva

          • Sir_Roy

            It only matters insofar as it highlights a weakness that can be exploited by a strong wrestler. Weidman is a strong wrestler with far better BJJ than Sonnen and with more telling GnP than Sonnen. On paper, it looks dangerous … but no one in their right minds would write Anderson Silva off here. Even though I’m taking the underdog on this one, I would not be surprised for one second if Silva KO’d Weidman in the first minute of the fight. Not surprised at all.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Sonnen would say a bum on the street has better wrestling then Silva to insult him so him saying Weidman’s wrestling is just as good or better is really an attempt to get in Silvas head.I am a Weidman fan, I have nothing against him, I think he has a lot of potential but he only has 9 fights total. Everyone says Silvas weakness is his wrestling, it’s not really even a weakness the guy has been doing martial arts his whole life and even after Munzoz he still has a great wrestling coach. C’mon now, who doesn’t get taken down by Chael Sonnen or Dan Henderson? Those guys are two of the best wrestlers in the sport. Like I said I do like Weidman but he’s coming off a year layoff after an injury and getting a title shot against one of the best fighters ever.

          • Baller31

            I meant Chael said that Weidman is a better wrestler than he is…Chael…and I agree. Weidman beat both Phil Davis and Ryan Bader in college..and they are two of the best wrestlers in the
            UFC….he also dominated Munoz…another great wrestler

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Care for a friendly bet?

          • Baller31

            sure

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            If Weidman wins I’ll send you a free shirt. If Silva wins you should buy one ;)

          • afgw

            No one cares about who wins rounds. If you don’t win the fight, then it’s useless. You’re speaking out of your ass about Chael saying that Weidman’s a better wrestler. I haven’t read one source that verifies this. Get out of here troll.

          • Baller31

            You’re a complete douchebag.. It was said in an interview with Sonnen, after Sonnen lost the second fight with AS. And yes, Weidman is one of the best wrestlers in MMA. Check your facts moron. And of course people care about who wins rounds..that is why they score them…how do you think decisions work?? Ever watched a fight??

          • Kris-tyahn

            Baller +1 – afgw 0

          • DC

            Please….The Kid is gonna win… experience, solely. Ill bet all i have in this fight if I had where. Numbers talk: 16-0, striking accuracy, etc. Virtues, too many. Flaws: can be taken down with ease, 1 round henderson, 6 rounds sonnen. Can result against you: channel submitted, henderson submitted. Maia was too scare and layed down like a turtle legs up. Standing up, Silva toyed with maia exposing his face hundreds of times as he did with Bonnar (who fought Jones). AND MAIA EXCHANGED PUNCHES with this kid, Weidman. The kid, young as it is, is slow and has bad cardio. Significantly slow at the end of the maia and munoz fights. NEVER seen ASilva slow down, Running after 5 rounds with maia, didnt bled a drop after allegedly 300+ punches from trt powered sonnen….B reeeeaaal. He has had 3 years and 2 painful fights with sonnen to learn his weakness. Has been training for 3 years on his tkdown defense.
            Even my dog learns a trick after 3 years….If not he may have learned it by reading posts about taking him down since the Sonnen fight:)
            Only Jon Jones…maybe

        • Chase Brian Beebe

          I’m actually happy for his success. I am brazilian. I just want him to lose so all of his fans riding his co-tails can shut up and stop acting like they had something to do with his success because they’re pro anderson silva.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Do you live in Brazil?

          • Informed One

            Do A Silva’s nuts taste good?

          • John Bunch

            Dude…CombatScience is about as unbiased as posters get here…wrong guy to dis for swinging from a fighter’s nuts…guy just respects greatness and is a true fan of the sport. Round these parts, it seems like you have to hate GSP or Silva and love GSP or Silva…Combat respects them both.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Thanks John much appreciated.

        • solo

          i completely agree with you.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Thanks. Trying to state facts and less of my personal opinion. Although personally I don’t want to see Silva lose. It’s nice seeing a guy have such great success as a martial artist; I’d really like to see the guy retire unbeaten in the UFC.

          • solo

            I dont want Silva to lose also!
            And i also want him to retire unbeaten in the UFC.
            Man, you have all this people who are now cheering for Chris to win, but imo they want more Silva to lose. Its just sad. I f****** hate that!
            Weidman beat Maia in an awful fight. After that, he beat Mark who came into the fight fat, and he personally said that he was in state of depression before a fight and ate a lot.
            Now he’s fighting the best of all time after a long layoff.
            Even though he has the skill to put on a good fight, i just dont see him beating Anderson.
            I see this fight playing out like the 2nd round of the Sonnen rematch. Cant wait for July. Hope both fighters stay healthy, thats the most important.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Yes it’s very important for Silva to win this fight. I can’t believe he’s fighting someone with 9 fights. But if he wins this fight I really want to know what could be next for him. IMO he doesn’t have to fight Jones in a superfight. He’s already broken records and went up in weight three times. Jones hasn’t held the title as long as Silva or GSP so he still has a lot of fights.

          • solo

            I dont want Silva to lose also.

            And i also want him to retire unbeaten in the UFC. Such a nice guy and a great Champion.

            Man, you have all these people now who are cheering for Chris to win, but imo they want more Silva to lose. Thats just sad. I f****** hate that.

            Weidman has the skill to put on a good fight, but i just dont see him beating the best of all time.
            I see this fight playing out like the 2nd round of Sonnen rematch. I really do.

            Cant wait for July.

            Lets just hope both fighters stay healthy. Thats the most important.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Weidman has potential but his fight with Maia was just horrible.

          • Baller31

            In Weidman’s defense…he was a last minute replacement to save that fight…he had 0 training camp…i doubt many UFC fighters could beat Maia without a training camp…look how Maia destroyed Fitch….also, the Silva/Maia fight was just as horrible…the only Maia fight i liked was vs. Marquardt

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            This is true.

          • Bill

            Weidman lost 20 pounds in 24 hours on a short notice to fight Maia. Also days before the fight Weidmans Uncle fell down the stairs and died. Weidman had to literally clean up the bloody mess himself. I would give him a pass on the Maia fight.

        • tyrone

          Silvas not getting a super fight cause weidman is gonna destroy silva 1st.rd.gnp. stoppage by total loss of consciousness

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            After all the people Silva has fought you think Weidman will not only beat Silva but finish him in the first round? Very big statement. If Weidman does accomplish this I hope he goes undefeated to become the next best thing out there. I’d hate to see Silva lose and then Weidman not keep the ttile long. What do you think of Weidman against Vitor/Boetch/Okami? There’s so many big names he hasn’t faced yet. He beat Maia who moved to 170 in a horrible fight and yes he did beat Munoz but thats it.. Then he was off a year and is now facing Silva. Theres are all facts, nothing against Weidman.

          • Sir_Roy

            Weidman would walk through Boetch & Okami IMHO. Vitor would be interesting and, should Weidman win, Vitor is the logical choice for his first title defense.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Plenty of competition for Weidman. But for Silva he’s pretty much done it all. Look what he’s left with a guy with 9 fights and if he wins hopefully he fights maybe Jacare or Tim Kennedy.

        • John Bunch

          I think you’re right bro. tbh, I’ve been itching to see AS lose ever since he pulled his little “Cha-cha” dance in the ring when he refused to go to the ground. I was a big fan until then…just rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. I know it’s popular now to say Fedor was all hype, but the reason I loved the dude was he wouldn’t hesitate to jump into the guard of some of the best BJJ guys in MMA. He lost because of it eventually…but seeing him willingly get into Big Nog’s guard and stay there for 15 minutes, completely dominating…maybe I shouldn’t hold Silva to that high of a standard, but Fedor had balls made of steel.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Fedor/Silva would have been the realest super fight. IMO.

          • Baller31

            I agree….I was a huge AS fan, but I really do not like how he disrespects many of his opponents in the ring. You do not see that with any of the other current champions.

        • drkdisciple

          I am an anderson silva fan however I don’t agree with your statement . Did any true mma fan believe Irvin, Maia, Leites, Cote, Bonnar, Leben etc…were gonna beat anderson? I am sure alll those guys had wives, mother’s, father’s, training partners who came up with the old cliché “he is in the best shape of his life” …”we spotted a weakness in the spider”…blablabla..reality is that when you look at the odds for Anderson’s fights he is a huge favorite so don’t feed us that cr*p that no one thought he could do it. Weidman is an underdog at +220 but his skill set could provide a different set of problems for anderson that is not to say that he can win. But if anyone thinks that the above fighters (Maia, leites, bonnar) have the same skill sets as Weidman then I have to question their knowledge.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Maia and Leites grappling credentials may prove otherwise regarding skill set. They also have a combined 46 fights in MMA. Irvin, Maia, Leities, Cote, Bonnar and Leben were all at the highest points of their careers when they fought Silva. Except Bonnar, he never did much. You say your a fan but your trying to take away Silvas accomplishment in beating all of those names. Those guys aren’t cans, I don’t care what anyone says. Man doesn’t anyone have respect for fighters these days.

          • drkdisciple

            -Yes I say and maintain that I am an anderson silva fan. He beat whomever there was to beat at the time. Being an anderson silva fan does not mean however that I have to be a blind anderson silva fan. Chris Weidman is better then almost every guy Anderson beat. That is not to say that I think he can beat Anderson. Being an Anderson I will also tell you that if he fights Bones Jones he will get destroyed!

            – Also you can have respect for someone without thinking they are championship material.

            -Please dont compare Maia and Leites to Weidman. These guys are far from being at the level of Weidman. Contenders yes, champions definitely not!
            -Also there ways to go from “not being a can” to being a champion.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Well we’ll have to wait and see what happens. I don’t know if Weidman is better then anyone Anderson has fought considering he only has 9 total fights in his career. He does have potential and working his boxing with Ray Longo will play a big part.

          • Kris-tyahn

            Irvin was NOT at the highest point in his career, b/c he never had one …. a highest point. To say they were at their highest still doesn’t mean much. Maia is fighting @ WW, Leites hasnt been in the UFC in how many years, Irvin never won more than 2 fights since he went 7-0 in his first 7 fights, Bonnar was all but retired & never was he ever in the top 15, let alone the top 10. Forrest was set up to give Silva highlight reel KO, b/c Silva’s 3 previous fights were vs. Cote, Leites & Maia – all 3 were snoozers & disappointing to say the least. How many fans did Silva lose after those 3 fights?!? The UFC needed him to get his popularity back & quick, so they fed Forrest to the sharks. If anyone actually thought Forrest had a chance, clearly knew nothing about MMA. Forrest, a guy who likes to run in swinging vs. a guy who’s a precise counter striker with KO power. Leites & Maia are world class BJJ experts, but if they can’t get you to the ground, that BJJ might as well not even exist. BTW: Sonnen owned Silva in 6 of 7 rounds. I’m not saying Weidman’s going to win, but he’s a bigger, better & stronger Sonnen, and without Sonnen’s weaknesses. He’s going to do better than most expect. Though, I think he should have taken 1 more fight b4 he fought Silva, ring rust is killer!!!

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Anyone Silva beat who you are impressed with?

    • Chase Brian Beebe

      not sure man, if he really has injured ribs it can cost him the fight like it almost did against chael the first time around

      • Ian Price

        Ok then he can have his “immediate rematch” as was promised!

      • John Bunch

        If true, that’s a risky proposition for Silva…if it is true, and he does fight, I might have to forgive him for his Cha-cha dancing from several years ago.

      • Baller31

        Injured ribs didn’t almost cost him the fight…his inability to stop a takedown did…same thing happened first round second fight with Sonnen.

  • bajafox

    All these rumors are gonna do is feed the conspiracy theorists that Anderson is afraid of Weidman

    • Chase Brian Beebe

      lol

    • tyrone

      Silva is afraid!!! He has avoided this fight as long as he could, hoping someone would defeat weidman so he wouldn’t be number one contender any longer. Silva will fake an injury to delay fight again and to try and wiggle out of fight somehow.

      • bajafox

        Lol, he had a rib injury before he got his ass beat for 5 rounds. If his rib was hurt again, I’m sure he would have no problem going in there like he has before, regardless of who’s standing in front of him

      • Ian Price

        I’d be afraid too. I mean, Silva has a huge amount to lose next month. If he loses the belt, he will be losing a lot of possible future money from GSP, Jones or JDS fights.

    • Sir_Roy

      They can also segue nicely into an excuse for Silva should he lose. “Oh yes, yes, my rib was indeed hurt, but I did not want to disappoint the fans …” type scenario.

      Smart play, starting a rumor a few months in advance … something to fall back on.

      • Ian Price

        I’ve thought about that too. I think he hurt his rib and just wanted to rule out a fracture or dislocation.

  • Sir_Roy

    I’m gong to say Weidman – TKO via ground and pound.

    Going to go out on a limb, and saying that this is the year Spider slips and loses the belt. Gut feeling is all. That said, I most definitely wouldn’t bet next month’s rent on it … and I will come back and eat my words should Silva pull it off once again.

    But there it is.

    Don’t hate … I’m a huge Spider fan and have seen him winning every bout throughout his illustrious career. But I just have that feeling on this one.

    • Sean Sherk You’re Dead

      Silva has a granite chin and does a very good job avoiding damage from GnP..
      I say Weidman wins the first 2 rounds and then SIlva Starts stuffing takedowns and TKO Weidman from the Clinch
      Silva 3rd round TKO

      • BobLemons

        I see a TKO finish for SIlva, but I do think he’ll have to work for it. Weidman has all the skills to give Silva some trouble, but I see a Anderson making adjustments and getting a finish.

    • bajafox

      The only reason I want to see Anderson lose is to see how he reacts to it. His legacy is in tact, nobody in the history of MMA has accomplished what he has. But a loss and his reaction to the loss would be really intriguing

    • Ian Price

      I agree. Anderson has done well against wrestlers, and also BJJ experts, but he’s never fought someone who can take him down AND submit him. Weidman also has a slightly longer reach than Andy, which is crazy.

      That’s why this fight is so intriguing. I think the oddsmakers have it about right. 2:1 favorite Andy over Chris.

  • tyrone

    I said a month ago that silva will eventually fake an injury to get out of weidman bout,due to fear. It seems silvas camp is putting out rumors to test the waters. Silva scared and he should be!!!

    • Lucas Freire

      …Because Weidman is the first guy who shows up saying he got the skills to beat Silva.

      • Ian Price

        No, he’s the first guy who ACTUALLY has the skills to beat Silva.

        • FightProfessor

          Plenty of fighters have the skill but Anderson knows how to WIN.

          • Baller31

            He does always find a way to win…he’s incredibly smart to go with being a total badass…but Weidman is very smart and knows how to win as well…def looking forward to this fight, hope the UFC curse doesn’t kick in and no one gets injured!

        • Lucas Freire

          Yeah,right.

          In the beginning anyone with heavy hands would test Anderson’s chin.

          Then, any good grappler would be able to submit him.

          Now, any wrestler…

          • Ian Price

            Look, I agree with you. No striker is going to KO Anderson (except maybe Vitor of he gets lucky, or a much heavier LHW or HW guy). But Anderson knows that Weidman has Chael’s wrestling, but also a bit of Maia’s BJJ. That could pose problems on the ground. Ain’t no way Chael submits Andy, but Weidman can definitely submit Anderson.

          • Lucas Freire

            How to compare Weidman purple belt with one of the most technical BJJ practicioners in the world? But I understand what you mean, even though I disagree. Anderson Silva submitted Hendo and Travis Lutter. I don’t see how in this world Weidman would be able to submit Anderson.

          • Chase Brian Beebe

            Weidman submitted black belts in the past as a purple belt before doing mma

          • Baller31

            Silva didn’t submit Lutter…Lutter tapped because he was getting elbowed in the head. He tapped to strikes.

      • tyrone

        Because he destroyed munoz easily and silva gets dominated by munoz in sparring regularly, so much so that munoz started calling out silva. Silvas response was one of faked shock, stating he and munoz were friends and he couldn’t believe munoz called him out. You a fighter then fight! If silva was in process of ducking munoz, then ducked weidman as long as he could, then he himself believes weidman gonna pop his cherry

        • Lucas Freire

          lol
          Rashad also dominated Jones in sparring. Remember what happened?
          A spar is a spar, a fight is a fight, and any fighter knows this.

    • gnodeb

      So you think that Weidman faked an injury because he was afraid of Barberian? He should be… all that year long crying for title shot would be wasted…

  • Baller31

    If you guys haven’t seen it definitely check out the Weidman vs Uriah Hall fight to see how he did against a great striker…not saying Uriah is in AS league…but still a great fight and show’s Weidman’s ko power

  • tyrone

    Weidman wins this by 1st round gnp. Ko!

  • tyrone

    Weidman wins by gnp 1st rd.