Silva suffers brutal injury in UFC rematch
Horrified fans watch as Anderson Silva breaks his leg in a gruesome injury during his rematch against Chris Weidman in Las Vegas on Saturday.PT1M10S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-301qp 620 349 December 29, 2013
It has been described as one of the most gruesome breaks in what is already a brutal sport.
And it appears likely to be the moment the Ultimate Fighting Championship career of Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Anderson Silva ended.
In a middleweight title bout against Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in Las Vegas, Silva broke his left leg while kicking his opponent in the second round.
Cries of pain: Brazil's Anderson Silva injures his leg after kicking Chris Weidman. Photo: AP
Footage of the fight showed Silva's left shin bend grotesquely while he landed a kick on Weidman's left leg one minute and 16 seconds into the round.
Weidman, who earned his belt with an upset victory over the long-reigning champion in July, claimed victory after also dominating the first round of the rematch.
According to the UFC, Silva was taken to a hospital in Las Vegas for surgery. An intramedullary rod was inserted into his left tibia although the broken fibula did not require separate surgery.
Anderson Silva screams in pain as a kick on Chris Weidman goes horribly wrong at UFC 168 in Las Vegas. Photo: AP
Silva is recovering and no further operations are planned. Recovery is estimated to be between three and six months but a shadow now hangs over his UFC career.
Matt Erickson from MMAjunkie.com described the injury as "one of the most gruesome breaks in UFC history".
"And the questions immediately began about that being the end of a legendary MMA [mixed martial arts] career," Erickson wrote.
Before losing to Weidman in July, Silva, nicknamed The Spider, had been undefeated in the UFC "Octagon".
The loss took his career MMA record to 33-6.
Fairfax Media, with AP