The road to recovery begins now for Chris Weidman.
The former UFC Middleweight Champion’s return to the Octagon wouldn’t last long. With the throwing of his first kick, would come a horrific injury. Once Weidman’s kick connected to the shin of Uriah Hall’s, the bone marrow would break and bend drastically. The fight was over and no one could argue otherwise.
What Goes Around, Comes Around?
Many in the MMA community referenced and compared Weidman’s freak injury to what happened at UFC 168, nearly 8 years ago. Weidman would check a leg kick from Anderson Silva and the leg would snap in half for the Brazilian, stopping the fight.
The freak injury has taken place in every single rematch Weidman has competed in.
First in his rematch against Silva, where he successfully defended his Middleweight title and last weekend against Hall, where this horrible phenomenon of sorts would come in full circle.
Weidman’s Current State
After breaking his right leg, Weidman was immediately carried out on a stretcher, and driven straight to the hospital for surgery.
Luckily for him, the surgery would turn out successfully. Weidman’s wife, Marivi would provide an update on his health and the circumstances around the rare result.
“Well that was horrible,” Mrs. Weidman wrote on Instagram. “Freak things happen in life and plans get crushed. It’s been a lonnnggg day but so happy to finally see this man of mine post surgery. Everything went well thank you Lord!
“My heart breaks for my husband because I know the work and dedication that he puts into his training everyday and the great man that he is, so I only want the best for him. While this absolutely sucks in the moment and for some weeks to come, we are completely overwhelmed by the love and support we have far and wide and are very aware how blessed we are. All of that overpowers the awfulness of this situation.”
Time To Hang Up The Gloves?
It is unknown at the time whether the 36 year-old will ever fight again. He was looking to piece together another title run after decisioning Omari Akhmedov in his last fight, however the future looks foggy for the former champion.
Injuries like these are very hard to come back from, but Weidman is a fighter and will look to fight on, especially in his road to recovery.