OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Anderson Silva speaks to the crowd after defeating Chael Sonnen in the UFC Middleweight Championship bout to retain his title at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans just breathed a collective sigh of relief.
After reports from Brazilian news outlet Globo stated that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Anderson Silva suffered a knee injury during training, "The Spider" confirmed that the bout against arch-nemesis Chael Sonnen will go on as planned at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and that the injury is nothing to worry about.
In what will be a rematch of their 2010 contest, which saw Sonnen dominate Silva for 4.5 rounds only to have victory snatched from his grasp in the final minutes, fans can relax knowing that one of the most anticipated rematches in MMA history will go on as planned as the Brazilian explains via his official Twitter account:
Gennnteeee my knee is doing very well thank you! , Stay calm day on July 7 will be doing my trabalho.osss
On a stacked card that has already suffered a major blow because of injury as the trilogy fight between Urijah Faber and UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, which was set to serve as the evening's co-main event, was nixed due to an injury to "The Dominator."
Ironically enough, in their first encounter, which went down at UFC 117, "The Spider" revealed after his win that he was fighting through injured ribs, to which Sonnen obviously didn't take to kindly. Perhaps the "American Gangster" won't appreciate this bit of news, either.
For now, the 185-pound kingpin assures fans that everything is fine and that come Fourth of July weekend, he will be doing work.
Praise the MMA Gods.