Just three days from a horrific leg break at UFC 261, Chris Weidman is determined to make a successful recovery.
Uriah Hall won the contest by TKO injury when he checked Weidman’s leg kick 17 seconds into the first round.
— UFC (@ufc) April 25, 2021
On Monday, Weidman described the surgery:
“They put a titanium rod through the tibia. So they go through the knee, and they take the rod and they drill it through the tibia to make it straight and hard. My fibula was broken, as well, but I guess when they put the tibia back together and my leg was straight, the fibula kind of matched back up to where it was broken, and they feel that could heal on its own as long as I’m not putting weight on it and stuff.”
This morning, the former middleweight champion then tweeted several pre and post-surgery x-ray photos of his leg break, with an update.
The injury reminded many of when Anderson Silva broke his leg checking Weidman’s leg kick at UFC 168 in December 2013. Ironically, Hall was the last fighter to defeat “The Spider, while Weidman was the first.
In an informative YouTube video, Dr. Brian Sutterer reacts and provides some additional details about the Weidman injury.
Some fans seemed to criticize Weidman afterwards for allegedly celebrating his win over Silva after the injury at UFC 168, but Weidman actually consoled Silva afterwards when he realized what happened.
For some reason this pic has largely been scrubbed from the internet. THIS is what happened once Weidman realized what had actually happened. He expressed great concern for Silva. That's among the reasons why Silva, in turn, expressed well wishes for Weidman this last weekend. pic.twitter.com/ewihD04K8j
— Jesse Scheckner (@JesseScheckner) April 26, 2021
Silva quickly posted a speedy recovery for Weidman.
Weidman is expected to return home to Long Island today via a private jet from UFC president Dana White.