Rumors began flying hot and heavy on Wednesday when Yahoo! Esportes posted a report indicating that Silva had gone to a clinic in Rio de Janeiro with a suspected broken rib.
Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, on Wednesday denied that the rumors were true, stating that Silva would not be withdrawing from the fight with Weidman.
“Not true,” Soares told MMAWeekly.com. “I just spoke with him.”
It will have been a year, almost to the day, that Silva last defended his UFC middleweight championship when he steps into the Octagon with Weidman on July 6 at UFC 162.
His last title defense was against Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012.
Silva has fought once since that time, destroying Stephan Bonnar in the first round of their UFC 153 light heavyweight match-up.
Weidman hasn’t fought at all since July of last year when he defeated Mark Munoz at UFC on Fuel TV 4. That bout was less than a week after Silva stopped Sonnen, but the native New Yorker has been on the sidelines ever since.
Weidman had been slated to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 in late December, but had to withdraw from the bout due to an injury.
During the time he was out of action, however, several top middleweight contenders fell to the wayside, leaving Silva and Weidman as the logical match-up at UFC 162 in Las Vegas.
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