When video surfaced earlier this week of UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva back in the gym, sparring with teammates and working out in general, many fans felt the images indicated “The Spider” had fully healed from a shoulder injury and was on track for a fast return to the Octagon. However, according to Silva himself, there’s more to the story than what is revealed on tape.

In fact, it appears the 36-year old is actually a bit more banged up than he was before.

“I’m not sure when I’ll be back,” said Silva in a conversation with SporTV. “I got an injury in my shoulder and another injury that just happened in my lumbar, so I’m treating myself.”

Silva’s shoulder injury has kept him on the shelf since August when he stopped Yushin Okami with strikes in the second round of their UFC 134 headliner.

While the condition of his back is far less documented, fortunately he should have plenty of time to heal as the UFC has no plans to use Silva until summertime when he will face Chael Sonnen, Mark Munoz, or Michael Bisping depending on how things unfold in a few weeks at UFC on FOX 2. Recently UFC officials came forward to mention a June date in relation to Silva’s Octagon return with the show likely taking place in Sao Paolo, Brazil.


MMATraining Take: If Silva isn’t ready to fight by June I hope he isn’t pressured to do so. While there’s no doubt he needs to fight again before August 2012 rolls around to avoid some sort of ridiculous “interim title” situation, he’s got less remaining bouts in his career than fingers on his hands. The healthier his is the longer he will keep entertaining fans, while rushing him back in the cage could shave a match-up or two off his final run towards retirement.