"It was good that you mentioned this because I was really hurt," Silva told the media prior to his UFC 168 rematch against Weidman. "Nobody mentioned this yet, but that’s not an excuse for my performance. It was a below where I was injured for my first fight with Chael Sonnen. That’s it. I was at 85 percent of my physical condition."
Silva wouldn't say how he hurt his ribs, noting only that the past is in the past.
"I can’t talk about this because anything I say can be used against me," he said. "It’s in the past. I’m okay now."
Silva says he begins training for his rematch against Weidman this week.
"I’ll start my camp for this fight on Wednesday then I’ll go to the United States to meet the rest of the team," Silva said of Weidman. "Some friends are coming from Cuba to help me in the wrestling part and I’ll finish the preparation in Los Angeles."
With Silva back in great health, he says it's going to be a different outcome this time around.
"Of course he wants me to go straight forward so he would take me down," Silva said. "But a different Anderson is coming. He will have to train well for this fight."
As for Weidman, he says his life has changed dramatically since he defeated Silva.
"I guess it's changed a decent amount," Weidman said, during Wednesday's UFC 168 media session at UFC Gym in downtown New York City. "I'm definitely recognized more. I'm able to get out of the house that got hit by Hurricane Sandy. I'm able to buy a new house in Long Island, but I'm leaving the South Shore, which is hard for me. It's going to be nice to be organized. We were kind of clustered up in there and cluttered. It's going to be nice to have a house where I have room and space to put stuff."
Silva and Weidman are set to rematch on Dec. 28, in the main event of UFC 168.