Anderson Silva transported for immediate leg surgery after UFC 168
LAS VEGAS – Ex-UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva was taken directly to a Las Vegas hospital for immediate surgery after breaking his leg in a rematch with current titleholder Chris Weidman, UFC President Dana White announced following UFC 168.
The gruesome injury occurred when opponent Chris Weidman checked a low kick, and Silva’s shin scored directly to the knee, snapping the limb in two.
“It’s just one of those crazy things,” White said at the evening’s post-event news conference. “In a million years, you don’t ever expect to see that. This will be a tough thing to overcome and to come back from at his age.”
Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) and Weidman (11-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) met in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 168 event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The contest served as a rematch of the pair’s initial meeting, when Weidman scored a second-round knockout and took the belt from “The Spider.”
White said he wasn’t able to speak to the former champ before he left the arena for the hospital.
“I stayed away from him, let him get the medical attention he needs,” White told MMAjunkie. “He was in no shape to talk to anybody.”
At 38 years old, Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) is considered the greatest champion in UFC history and perhaps the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. His 16 straight wins in the octagon and 10 consecutive successful title defenses are both promotional records.
However, the Brazilian striker now likely faces a long recovery following what appeared to be a significant injury, and a return to action is questionable, at best.
White said he was in no rush to force Silva to make a decision but would let the future UFC Hall of Famer take his time in deciding whether or not he will attempt a comeback at some point.
“It doesn’t matter,” White said. “He’s going to be out for a while with this, anyway. He’s got a lot of time. That’s the last thing on earth (to worry about). The last time he lost to Weidman, the first thing you think about is a rematch. This one, there’s no way.
“It’s just one of those things. He’s an incredible human being. He’s done amazing things here at the UFC. Maybe he’ll want to make a comeback. Who knows? I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. I don’t want to count him out, and I don’t want to count him in. It’s just really not the important thing right now. The important thing is he gets his surgery, heals up, and then we go from there.”
And so, just one month after fellow longtime champ Georges St-Pierre elected to hang up his gloves, at least for the time being, it appears Silva may be forced to make a similar decision. If he does, White said he’ll understand, and while the end will prove unfortunate, it’s a reality of the sport.
“Anderson Silva has been amazing,” White said. “He’s one of the greatest of all time, if not the best ever. It’s a s–tty way to see him go out, but it’s part of the game.”
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