At UFC 168 in December of 2013, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva suffered a gruesome leg break in his rematch against then-champion Chris Weidman. The injury sidelined “The Spider” for 13 months. During his UFC Fight Night 84 bout against Michael Bisping in London on Saturday, Silva thought that he broke his leg again.
“He felt a kick he landed in the first round, thought he cracked his leg and a screw moved,” Silva’s coach Luiz Dorea told MMAFight.com. “That limited his movements, made him stop attacking for a moment. I asked him to attack, but he said ‘professor, I’m feeling it, I have no confidence.’ I said ‘use your heart, you’re Anderson Silva, go after him,’ That slowed him down a bit.”
Following the fight, Silva was evaluated by doctors. He did suffer an injury, but it will not require surgery.
“Silva did some exams after the fight. He suffered an injury, but the screw didn’t move,” said Dorea. “I don’t know how bad the injury was, but I know the screw didn’t move and he won’t need a surgery. He was in pain, he couldn’t even put his shoes on, but he’s fine now.”
Dora believes Silva did more than enough to defeat Bisping despite how the judges scored the fight.
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“Bisping attacked more, but less effectively. Anderson was more effective. I hope the commission reviews this result because this is bad for the sport. Even Dana White saw it that way. Everybody knows who won the fight,” he said.
Like many people watching live, Dorea thought that the fight should have been stopped at the end of the third round after ….View full article