Anderson Silva appeared to suffer a serious injury courtesy of a leg kick from Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 last weekend, but thankfully it turns out that it wasn’t as bad as had initially been feared.
Silva writhed in agony on the mat as the result of an inside leg kick, leading to concerns that he’d either suffered a fracture or ligament damage, but it turns out that wasn’t the case.
Silva underwent an MRI after the event, which resulted in him being given the all-clear, with physical therapy being the only thing required to nurse him back to full health.
That means Cannonier’s win carries even more weight since it wasn’t the result of a freak injury, but rather appears to just have been the result of a well executed gameplan that involved frequent leg kicks against the legendary middleweight fighter.
Cannonier has now won back-to-back fights since dropping down to 185lbs, having previously TKO’d David Branch late last year, and currently holds down the No.10 spot on the middleweight rankings.
As for Silva, He’s now lost seven of his last eight fights, though the 44-year-old vowed not to hang up his gloves earlier this week.
“Speak my people,” Silva wrote on Instagram.
“Until the limit, Pain is your friend …It shows that you’re not dead yet. They say that great symbols become great targets, perhaps … but the most important thing is not to get victimized if you fall, get up, get broken, no give up or think you can not because you lost a battle. The saying is one, I go to the end and the more I press but I will want to go to the end, there is nothing wild that feels sorry for itself, an old lion surrounded by hungry hyenas crazy to devour him and he yet he fights to the death without ever feeling sorry for himself, and will not be different with me !!!! Foça e Honor !!!”