UFC middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (11-0) has always displayed good sportsmanship inside the octagon, but it seems his corner hasn’t been following his example.
When Anderson Silva (33-6) broke his leg at UFC 168, a post-fight video revealed that Weidman’s corner said, “Good, f–k him!”
Silva was laying on the ground screaming in agony while holding his left shin in place. His left fibula completely snapped in half. Referee Herb Dean immediately stopped the fight and the UFC medical staff rushed in to tend to the former champ.
The thirty-eight year old Brazilian legend was rushed to the hospital where his left fibula was stabilized by a UFC doctor. His recovery time is expected to be three to six months.
After the bout, many expected Silva to retire due to this latest freak accident he suffered. But “The Spider” has different plans. It’s been rumored that he’s already asked his doctors when he can continue training again. UFC President Dana White has yet to comment on whether he will allow Silva to continue fighting under the UFC banner.
As for Weidman, he’s expected to face off against another Brazilian legend sometime next year. White has said that former champ Vitor Belfort (24-10) is next in line to get a crack at the middleweight title. “The Phenom” had already fought Silva before back in 2011 and suffered a highlight reel front kick knockout loss against his fellow Brazilian. So he must be somewhat relieved that Weidman won the rematch.
Belfort vs. Weidman will surely make an interesting matchup. Belfort is a very dangerous striker with freakish speed, and Weidman has a solid wrestling background with some powerful boxing.
As of yet, the UFC has not announced an official date for Weidman vs. Belfort.