Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was rushed to a hospital Monday morning in Rio de Janeiro, following a training session at X-Gym.
Silva reportedly felt severe back pain while trying to stand up after a jiu-jitsu training session, according to Combate.com. He was rushed to a hospital after realizing he could no longer had feeling in his legs.
He was cleared and released from the hospital on Tuesday morning.
Dr. Marcio Tannure, the medical director of the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission, told Combate that Silva suffered from severe lower back pain.
“He felt a severe pain because of the contracture,” Dr. Tannure said. “It really hurts a lot, but it won’t change anything in terms of training. The issue he had explains the pain, but won’t get him sidelined or even cancel the bout.”
According to UFC.com, Silva was diagnosed with a lower back condition called lumbago, which can cause severe pain radiating down the legs, as well as feelings of numbness.
Silva told UFC.com.br that he is feeling fine and will return to training shortly.
If he suffers no further setbacks, Silva will face Diaz in a five-round, middleweight headliner on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.