Fans were left disappointed when a rumble between rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva fell apart based initially on the latter’s alleged demands for a bump up in pay before things truly crumbled due to injury. Though Silva hasn’t spoken about his health-related woes since they were revealed by UFC President Dana White, the outspoken executive provided a little insight earlier this week while speaking with media in attendance at a UFC 164 press conference.

“He can’t even fight until January. He can’t start training. He says he has something wrong with his back, sciatica, or something,” said White, explaining he had no problem giving the seasoned veteran as much time as needed before returning to the ring. “If Wanderlei Silva says he’s hurt, he can take his time. He has that respect. If it was some 22 year-old, then yeah, we would get him checked out. Wanderlei can take his time. I love Wanderlei.”

Sciatica relates to symptoms of lower back pain though is an indicator of more specific problems existing rather than a treatable affliction. It is unknown how Silva plans to treat the issue.

The 35-12-1 Silva hasn’t fought since knocking Brian Stann out in March. The win was the 25th strike-based stoppage of his career, adding to others over the likes of Keith Jardine, Cung Le, and Quinton Jackson.