The UFC released a statement on Anderson Silva’s gruesome leg break during his fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 168.
“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.”
Silva broke his leg while attempting to kick Weidman during their UFC middleweight championship fight Saturday night. Weidman blocked the kick and snapped Weidman’s left leg. Silva dropped to the ground in pain from the fall.
It was the second time Weidman KO’d Silva, who was regarded as the greatest pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world. It is unclear whether Silva, at 38, will be able to return to the cage after such an injury. He was also scheduled to fight boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. in a special attraction, but that fight now appears off the table, at least for now.
Weidman KO’d Silva in July after Silva was clowning around, putting his hands down and letting Weidman throw punches at his face.