Silva out of Action

It appears UFC Middleweight champion, Anderson Silva will not be fighting again until early next year after cracking his ribs in the first round of his title defense against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117.

Speaking via Fighters Only Magazine, Silva's coach, Ramon Lemos said:

“After the first round he said he broke his ribs. He told me he could not breathe because of the rib. I told him to forget about the rib and work the movement of legs and he would get the triangle…After the fight he went to the hospital and did an x-ray and the doctor said he did not break it, it was just a crack.”

“Anderson is expected to return in February or March. We have not talked, but he has to take care of injuries, he fought twice last year and had an operation on his elbow. This year he made two more fights and now with his rib injury…He is no longer a boy, he is 34 years old.”