MMA fans around the world are anxiously, reading about Anderson Silva today, as reports have surfaced saying that the legendary fighter was hospitalized on Monday after a training session.
According to a report from the Brazilian outlet Globo, Silva started suffering from severe back pain during a training session at the X-Gym in Rio de Janeiro. Not only that, but the former UFC middleweight champ experienced numbness in his legs and was rushed to the hospital as a result.
The good news is, however, that Silva is reportedly doing fine. The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission medical director, Dr. Marcio Tannure, was quoted saying in the story (translation via MMA Fighting.com):
“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.”
Yes, a consensus sigh of relief for this huh? Hopefully the setback is just an isolated incident and doesn’t happen again.
Silva is scheduled to fight Nick Diaz in the headliner of UFC 183, which will take place on January 31st in Las Vegas. The venue for the highly anticipated bout has yet to be announced.
The bout will mark the return of “The Spider”, who hasn’t fought since UFC 168 in December, when he broke his leg while fighting champion Chris Weidman. The defeat marked the second time Silva was defeated by Weidman, as the latter ended the Brazilian’s storied reign as champ in July, 2013, with a stoppage win.
Diaz also hasn’t fought in quite some time. The former welterweight contender’s last bout took place in March, 2013, when he was decisioned by now former champ, Georges St-Pierre. After the loss, Diaz announced he was likely done fighting, however, the veteran signed a new deal with the UFC earlier this year.
Other bouts that have been confirmed for the card include Jordan Mein vs. Thiago Alves, Tim Boetsch vs. Thales Leites and Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos.