Anderson Silva suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in sports history on Saturday as the MMA fighter broke his leg in one of the most horrifying ways ever.
During the much-anticipated UFC 168 main event, where Silva hoped to reclaim his title from Chris Wiedman, Silva snapped his leg when he kicked the reigning champion.
The injury abruptly ended the match, with Weidman still holding on to the middleweight title as a result.
‘There’s no real excitement in a fight finishing like that, because you never want to see anyone get hurt like that,’ said Weidman. ‘I did work on checking kicks. I figured if I (caught) him on my knee, it could really hurt him. Crazy how this happened.’
We’ve got the very graphic replay … don’t watch if you are not strong enough to withstand the shock.
On Sunday, UFC released a statement saying that Silva has undergone successful surgery to repair a broken tibia and fibula:
Following Saturday evening’s UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months. Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover.
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