Chris Weidman is making it clear that he didn’t take any joy in seeing Anderson Silva’s leg snap during their 2013 rematch.
Weidman put the UFC Middleweight Title on the line against Silva in a rematch over seven years ago. In the bout prior, the “All-American” scored an upset knockout win. In their second encounter, Weidman checked a leg kick, causing “The Spider’s” leg to break.
At first, Weidman celebrated the victory, which has some fans saying Weidman’s leg break against Uriah Hall at UFC 261 is karma. One image that has seemingly been forgotten, is one of Weidman making sure the injured Silva was alright.
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
Weidman took to his Twitter account to explain his initial celebration and made it clear that he did not celebrate Silva’s leg snap.
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) April 27, 2021
“Anyone saying I celebrated when Anderson’s leg snapped is entirely wrong. I didn’t know his leg snapped. I just thought I checked leg kick good, and he went down in pain, which often happens In sparring. Painful for a short time but gets better quickly—kind of like a body shot. After circling the octagon, I realized that he was in severe pain by his yelling and immediately went and checked on him and tried to console him. That’s when I noticed him holding his leg in place. There was no happiness on my behalf from that point on. I then went and pushed security out of the way so his coaches could get into the octagon and he could have some familiar faces next to go during that horrific event.”
Silva was quick to send some kind words over to Weidman after the injury against Hall. The “All-American” likely won’t be able to walk without assistance for eight weeks. He has been told it’ll be six months to one year before he can resume training.