Anderson Silva Reveals He Was Injured in Title Bout with Yushin Okami

Mike HodgesCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2011

Following his victory over Yushin Okami at UFC 134, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has now revealed he fought through a shoulder injury. 

The win gave Silva his ninth consecutive title defense, improving his professional record to 34-4 and his UFC record to 14-0. The recent news is quite surprising, considering how convincingly the Brazilian was able to dispatch his opponent. 

“A month before the fight I injured my shoulder while training with Junior dos Santos, and I was feeling a lot of pain in Rio. I’ve had to take some medicine and warn the athletic commission about it,” Silva told Veja, courtesy of TATAME.com.

"It’s a small injury, but I guess it’s on the cuff and bothers me. I’ll rest for a while and get healed.”

Despite suffering from pain in his shoulder, Silva said his injury was not as serious, and he was cleared to compete. 

This brings up a lot of credibility to his bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 where Silva retained his title but confessed he had suffered a rib injury in the post-fight interview. It is expected he will defend his middleweight crown against either Chael Sonnen or Brian Stann, where he will be looking to successfully defend the title for a tenth consecutive time.

Silva's antics and effortless performance proved why he is undoubtedly one of the best fighters in the world.

At 36 years old, however, this also might be a sign that Silva is gradually slowing down as a fighter. 

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