Chris Weidman’s recent return to the octagon has been marred by injury once again.
The former UFC middleweight champion made his return to the octagon against Brad Tavares. Things didn’t pan out well, as he suffered a unanimous-decision loss. That was a huge setback since he had been absent from the UFC since his defeat to Uriah Hall in 2021 as he suffered a broken leg. And to make matters even more worrying, following his loss to Tavares, Weidman’s leg was taped up. Thereafter, the MMA fighter confirmed the bad news.
🚨Chris Weidman reveals he did not have any ligament damage from #UFC292 . But, he did fracture his left leg🚨
— NoSmokeSport (@NoSmokeSport) August 30, 2023
“I got MRIs done on my tibia and fibula on both legs, got MRIs on both of my knees, X-rays, and I’ve been waiting for a result – and I got the results back. There was no ligament tears at all. So, ACL, LCL, MCL, PCL, all those ‘Ls’ that you do not want to tear because that’s like six months to a year of recovery. God kept me together. The ligaments are good.
“What did happen to me, though, is I have a fracture on my left leg. So, I guess he broke my leg with one of those leg kicks. … I ended up switching to southpaw and figuring it out. But I’m pretty sure that’s when my leg broke, fractured it,”
“Recovery-wise, it’s not bad at all. Four weeks. Four-week recovery. That’s it,” Weidman
It is not exactly clear how long the injury will keep Weidman out, but one thing for sure is that the calls on him to retire will only increase. And at the age of 39, the fighter will have to evaluate things moving forward. And this was the sentiment being expressed on social media, with many urging Weidman to retire from the sport.
Social Media Reaction
Hang it up, bro. pic.twitter.com/ZH5rCsWj37
— Justin (@jrohme227) August 31, 2023
If I’m Dana I’m not letting him fight again.
— Unlawful (@Unlawful_Sports) August 30, 2023
Dude hang it up already. Do these people support him or just cash in when he fights.
— Jeff Bilodeau (@JeffBilodeau8) August 31, 2023