It is one thing to start a rumor. It is another thing when it is reported by a sports media outlet. Yahoo Sports Interactive reported Wednesday that Anderson Silva has suffered a major injury that puts his fight against Chris Weidman in jeopardy.
This is major news and it didn’t take long for the Internet to run wild with the story. The Brazil Yahoo affiliate reported that Anderson Silva suffered a broken rib. The report states that while the severity of the injury is unknown, the fight with Weidman is in jeopardy. It is important to note that the report does not say that the fight is cancelled, just that it is in jeopardy due to the injury.
UFC president Dana White was quick to shut down the report. White told Ariel Helwani that the report is simply not true. Helwani also reports that Silva’s camp denied the rumor as well. In other words this report is bogus…or is it?
Weidman has said several times that he won’t believe the fight will happen until he sees Silva facing him across the octagon. To Silva’s credit, I can’t remember him ever backing out of a fight. He even went into the first Chael Sonnen with a rib injury. To insinuate that Silva would fake an injury to get out of fighting Chris Weidman is just silly.
So what if the news is true? What would the UFC do? There really isn’t another main-event in waiting that could replace this one. This event while not promoted as such, is considered by many to be the marquee UFC event of the year. The lack of depth here is scary if the UFC has to come up with a replacement because there is no way that the UFC is cancelling the show with all of the activities already scheduled around it.
We still have a few months to go so even if Silva is injured there is still time. I like to believe that where there is smoke there is fire. I took a look at the writer’s recent stories and it doesn’t appear that he is the kind of writer to just throw out random rumors. I am going to lean towards something is up and this isn’t the last we are going to hear of it.
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