Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was reportedly hospitalized on Monday due to a back injury in dramatic news that could have potential brought an end to his hopes of a spectacular return early next year.
It is just the latest in a list of worrying headlines for the for champ, with Silva only just getting back to fitness following a broken leg injury that threatened to end his career.
The 39-year-old fighter and MMA legend was taken to hospital on Monday following a vigorous workout on in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The worry thing for Silva is that the champ's back injury actually prevented him from feeling his own legs. It's understood that despite the potentially harrowing news, Silva is now feeling better and the injury is listed as not serious, according to reports.
Words of comfort
These tweets from Brazilian reported Ivan Raupp will certainly make fans of Anderson Silva feel better after the shocking news, with the reporter explaining that plans for UFC 183 have been unaffected by Silva's health scare.
Silva is set to headline UFC 183 on January 31 as he goes face to face with former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz in a huge middleweight bout.
Silva suffered a broken leg in December 2013 in his rematch and loss to Chris Weidman. But thankfully, Silva has not suffered a setback such as that in his bid to return. Still a fan favorite, the return of Silva is crucial for UFC after a number of cancelled events this year due to injury have cost the company dearly. Hopefully for all concerned, 2015 will be a different year.