On Tuesday morning, Brazilian news outlet Combate reported Brazilian superstar Anderson Silva was rushed to a hospital in Rio De Janeiro after collapsing in pain following a recent training session at X-Gym in Rio.

According to the report, Silva (33-6), who is scheduled to meet former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz (26-9) in the main event of UFC 183, collapsed back to the floor after attempting to stand back up and revealed he could not feel his legs, forcing his team to rush their downed fighter to the hospital.

For a moment it looked like the UFC was about to feel the full wrath of the mixed martial arts gods, that has plagued the company for the better part of 2014.

But the MMA community can breathe easy as the reports from Brazil are indicating the former UFC middleweight champion as officially been released from the hospital. Globo reporter Ivan Raupp took to twitter to shed some light on “The Spider’s” recent medical scare and assured fans the highly anticipated matchup with Diaz was still on.

 

 

UFC 183 is currently scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on January 31.

For Silva, this will mark his first appearance inside the octagon since suffering a gruesome injury in his title fight against current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168 last December. At first, it looked like this setback would mark the end of Silva’s long and storied career. But just 10 weeks after snapping his left tibia and fibula, Silva was seen not only walking but throwing kicks with his surgically repaired leg.

Prior to injuring his leg, Silva suffered a second round TKO loss to Weidman in the main event of UFC 162 in July 2013. This loss snapped ‘The Spider’s’ 17 fight-winning streak, which dated back to 2006 and included a UFC title reign that lasted a company record six years, eight months and 22 days.

Here is how the rest of the card is shaping up:

  • Anderson Silva (33-6) vs. Nick Diaz (26-9)
  • Tim Boetsch (18-7) vs. Thales Leites (24-4)
  • Jordan Mein (29-9) vs. Thiago Alves (25-9)
  • Thiago Santos (9-3) vs. Andy Enz (8-2)
  • Ildemar Alcantara (20-7) vs. Richardson Moreira (7-2)

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.