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Anderson Silva Out Rest of 2009 Due to Upcoming Elbow Surgery

Anderson Silva Defeats James IrvinUFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva will soon undergo elbow surgery that will sideline him for the rest of the year, according to a Tweet from ESPN’s MMA Live.

Details on the injury have not been released, though it is not believed to have occurred in his August 8 first-round knockout of Forrest Griffin and is suspected to be lingering injury he has finally chosen to repair while he’s taking a break from fighting.

With Silva now sidelined until sometime next year, it makes more sense than ever to have middleweight contenders Nate Marquardt and Dan Henderson fight in the interim.

Stay tuned to for updates on Silva’s surgery and return, as well as the likely matchup between Marquardt and Henderson.

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