It appears that the UFC is suffering an injury epidemic, as middleweight champion Anderson Silva becomes the latest star to be declared unfit to fight. We reported a couple of weeks ago that the fighter’s latest fight may have had to be delayed due to complications with his recent elbow surgery, and that indeed has proven to be the case.

Speaking to mmajunkie, his manager Ed Soares revealed, “The latest is he’s not fighting Jan. 2. That’s not going to happen. He won’t be ready.”

He goes on to say, “Anderson’s recovery is going really, really well. He’s coming back, and his recovery is doing really good. His physical therapy is going really well. He’s getting better range of motion. He’ll be back 100 percent for sure.”

Incredibly this latest news means that all of the UFC’s current champions, with the exception of lightweight champion BJ Penn, are now on the treatment table and out of action until next year.

Georges St. Pierre (welterweight champion): Tore his abductor muscle in his successful title defense over Thiago Alves, and is expected to be out until March 2010 at the earliest.

Anderson Silva (middleweight champion): Recent elbow surgery for a recurring problem will keep him out of action until the early months of next year.

Lyoto Machida (light heavyweight champion): Announced yesterday that he requires surgery on a hand injury inflicted during his decision victory over Shogun Rua, and will now be out until early next year at the earliest.

Brock Lesnar (heavyweight champion): Suffering from the flu which has postponed his title fight with Shane Carwin until early next year.

The UFC are now left to piece together a number of main events from a significantly depleted roster, and without some of the major stars that can generate the kind of pay per views that the UFC has become accustomed to in recent times.

At this stage they may well be wishing that they could call on other notable stars like Quinton Rampage Jackson and Dan Henderson who could have helped plug the gaps, but unfortunately for them both appear to be on less than friendly terms with the sports leading promotion at this moment in time. Whether the recent developments encourage them to make peace with the fighters remains to be seen.

Meanwhile with Vitor Belfort recently suggesting that he is not in a hurry to face Anderson Silva, perhaps the UFC should look to utilize him in a main event title eliminator with Nate Marquardt. It’s not a match-up that would draw major pay per view buys, but as their options dwindle any viable solution may become attractive.

Also, Rashad Evans stock his risen recently after appearing to outshine Rampage Jackson in the latest series of The Ultimate Fighter. The Rumors are the he is set to face Thiago Silva at UFC 108, and, much like the Forrest Griffin Vs Tito Ortiz fight that was boosted to main event status at UFC 106, the same thing may well happen with this fight if a suitable alternative cannot be negotiated.

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