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UFC 183: Anderson Silva struck down by lumbago, hospitalized after losing feeling in both legs

Fortunately, his condition is not considered serious and his Nick Diaz fight is not in jeopardy.

Matthew Stockman

That had to be a chaotic scene.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva was rushed to the hospital on Monday after collapsing during training camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, suffering from severe pain in his lower back and unable to feel either of his legs.

Considering what "The Spider" went through this past year, I'm sure the hospital is the last place he wanted to be.

From Combate (via Bloody Elbow):

Following a variety of tests, including MRI, CT scans, and blood tests, it was confirmed that Silva had suffered a bout of lumbago, which is a pain in the lower back that impacts 40% of people at one point in their lives. He was eventually discharged on Tuesday morning.

"It really was a shock," Dr. Tannure said. "He felt a sharp pain because of contracture. It hurts a lot, really, but it will not change anything in terms of training. The problem he had justified the pain, but it will not result in a withdrawal or cancellation of the fight."

For now.

Silva, who turns 40 in April, is slotted to face Nick Diaz in the UFC 183 pay-per-view (PPV) main event on Jan. 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, after more than a year on the sidelines with a broken leg. Hopefully this incident was a one-time thing, and "The Spider" can continue his training uninterrupted.

Fingers crossed.

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