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Wanderlei Silva Has Broken Ribs AND Needs Knee Surgery

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Silva dropped the news to Fighter's Only:

I am here to talk about my last few days.  I went through a very tense and difficult weekend and had a very hard decision.  Two weeks ago I felt pain in my knee while I was training wrestling.  I had an MRI of my knee and three doctors told me my knee was torn.  I took medicine to help with the pain, and although my knee felt loose, I said "no," this date is very important to me and I continued training," Silva says.

"I tried training more upper body and boxing; I kept losing weight and I was gonna fight no matter what.  Last Friday, during sparring, I injured my rib.  It was very painful and the next day I had an x-ray and an MRI.  I discovered I had three broken ribs.

"After years of fighting, my body made me stop this time.  I am here to tell you that I cannot fight on this card.  I am very sad because I trained for four months.  This is a very difficult time for me.  Now, I know that I need to have surgery on my knee.  I have no option.

Man, this is a tough break for Wanderlei Silva.  I wonder if he'll be able to fully recover from this knee injury at his age.