The rematch between Anderson Silva (33-6) and Chris Weidman (11-0) at UFC 168 was one of the most anticipated rematches of the year. Silva was dethroned by Weidman at UFC 162, but many naysayers considered it a fluke calling Weidmans finishing left hook a lucky punch. So UFC President Dana White set up an immediate rematch to settle the score once and for all. Everyone knew it was going to be a historic event, but no one predicted that it would have one of the strangest endings in mixed martial arts history.
The world saw Anderson Silva become a victim of one of the rarest freak accidents in fighting. As the thirty-eight year old Brazilian legend performed an inside leg kick, a move that he had done countless times before against numerous opponents with success, his fibula snapped in half.
As he lay on the ground screaming in pain and agony, Weidman celebrated his victory.
Silva was immediately taken to the hospital to undergo surgery to repair his broken leg. UFC orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Sanders successfully repaired his broken left fibula, but Silva has remained in the hospital. His estimated recovery time is said to be anywhere from three to six months.
Here is an official statement from MMA Junkie made by the Silva camp:
“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’s recovery will most definitely be a difficult one. An injury that grotesque will take some time to heal. Additionally, one has to wonder the magnitude of the psychological damage he suffered.
Silva was being dominated the entire fight. In the first round, Weidman stunned him with some dirty boxing from the clinch and sent him to the canvas. He finished off the round with some solid ground-and-pound for good measure. It was at the beginning of the second round when Silva’s leg snapped in half after Weidman deflected his leg kick with his own knee.
As for his future, at thirty-eight years old, it’s difficult to see if he could come back from such a gruesome injury. Even so, the decision will be for Silva himself. As of yet, his camp has made no announcements of his future plans.