Anderson Silva camp denies fractured rib injury, Chris Weidman fight at UFC 162 still on

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Crisis averted

Okay, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief.

Rumors swirled earlier this afternoon thanks to a report that cited UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva was examined for a possible rib fracture in a Brazilian clinic.

MMA Fighting spoke to Silva's camp, which emphatically denied the rumors. UFC President Dana White also denied the rumor, telling Ariel Helwani it's "not true."

Silva is currently slated to meet unbeaten All-American wrestler Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 162 in just over a month (July 6, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada. He's coming off a victory over now-retired Stephan Bonnar in the main event of UFC 153 last October.

"The Spider's" last title defense was a rematch against arch rival Chael Sonnen where he finished the mouthy ex-realtor via TKO in the second round. The last time Silva ever looked vulnerable was his first bout against Sonnen in 2010 where it's highly suspected the Brazilian had entered the bout with (you guessed it) a rib injury.

Hopefully in this case, there is no fire underneath all the smoke.

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