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Coach: Anderson Silva 'thought he cracked his leg' against Bisping, but 'he won't need surgery'

Anderson Silva's coach revealed that "The Spider" re-injured his surgically repaired leg in the 1st round of his eventual unanimous decision loss to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 84 in London.

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Anderson Silva's left leg isn't broken like it was in the rematch to Chris Weidman in 2013, but he did re-injure it in his loss to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 84 in London. According to Silva's coach, Luiz Dorea, Silva thought he cracked his leg after landing a kick in round 1, which considerably damaged his confidence levels. (Via MMA Fighting)

"He felt a kick he landed in the first round, thought he cracked his leg and a screw moved," Dorea said. "That limited his movements, made him stop attacking for a moment. I asked him to attack, but he said ‘professor, I'm feeling it, I have no confidence'. I said ‘use your heart, you're Anderson Silva, go after him'. That slowed him down a bit. Bisping attacked more, but less effectively. Anderson was more effective. I hope the commission reviews this result because this is bad for the sport. Even Dana White saw that way. Everybody knows who won the fight."

"Silva did some exams after the fight. He suffered an injury, but the screw didn't move," he added. "I don't know how bad the injury was, but I know the screw didn't move and he won't need a surgery. He was in pain in the locker room, but he won't need surgery. He was in pain, he couldn't even put his shoes on, but he's fine now."

As you would expect, Dorea vehemently disagreed with not just the scorecards, which were all 48-47 in Bisping's favor, but the decision to let the fight continue into the 4th round after Silva dropped Bisping with a flying knee at the very end of round 3.

"I disagree (with the decision). First of all, I disagree with the knockout," Dorea said. "He landed the knee, (Bisping) went down completely out. Anderson stopped hitting him, celebrated. He couldn't have pushed forward, but stopped. According to (Silva), he looked to the guy and he was bad. And Herb Dean begging him to come back... I never saw something like that in the fight world, the cornerman bringing the stool next to where he went down. The referee told him to come back up, and he didn't. The fight is over. He couldn't even go back to his corner. Almost two minutes have passed between rounds. The fight is over, winner by knockout."

With the UFC heading to Silva's hometown of Curitiba on May 14th, "The Spider" is looking to compete on that card. Ed Soares wants Bisping to rematch Anderson in Brazil, and Dorea seem to let on that he wants that as well.

"I believe he will be ready to train again in two or three weeks, and then fight again in two or three months. That also shows who won the fight. Anderson can fight in two months. Can Bisping do the same after that beating?"

Silva's loss to Bisping marked the first time since 2000 that he'd lost a decision. Bisping is currently "in the mix" for a title shot, although recent developments suggest that he's interested in a fight with Nick Diaz.