Chris Weidman has spoken out on his gruesome leg break at UFC 261.
Weidman shared the Octagon with Uriah Hall on the main card of UFC 261. The bout only lasted 17 seconds. Weidman’s leg snapped after his leg kick was checked. Hall was awarded the TKO victory.
Many have said that the ending to the fight was ironic given that Weidman defeated Anderson Silva in their 2013 rematch after “The Spider’s” leg snapped off a check from Weidman.
Weidman took to his Instagram account to thank those who showed him support after the injury (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
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“Trying to find the blessing in disguise and silver lining. Honestly, as soon as it happened and I hit the floor, seeing what happened to my leg and the pain started hitting me, I was just trying to put my mind on something positive and coming out of this. I’m hopeful that’s the thing that’s gonna come out of it that’s good. This is not fun. I can’t believe what happened.
“It’s pretty brutal, but I’m gonna get through this. I think it’s gonna be eight weeks until I could walk without crutches and stuff and drive and all that. And then as far as actual training, I don’t know,” Weidman said. “They said between six and 12 months I’ll be good to go. …
“Surgery was successful. 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 it’s own as long as I’m not putting weight on it and stuff.”
Weidman also thanked Hall for expressing his concern as well as Silva for his words of encouragement.