In the main event of UFC 168, defending middleweight champion Chris Weidman took on Anderson Silva for the second time as the infamous pound-for-pound legend looked to take back his belt after losing to the champion just six months ago. The first round was won by Weidman, although Silva did some damage while on his back for the majority of those five minutes. The second round, though, was where things went from bad to horrific for Silva.
Just over a minute into the second round, Silva threw a leg kick that was checked by Weidman as the arena heard a loud, thunderous snapping sound. The snap, shockingly enough, was Silva’s left shin — broken completely in half.
Silva hit the ground screaming in pain and the fight was immediately called in Weidman’s favor, thus allowing the belt to be retained. Following the fight, Silva went straight into surgery while Weidman stayed behind to be given his belt and talk with Joe Rogan in the center of the octagon.
“First of all I wanted to say that no matter what happened in this fight, before or after, he’s still known as the greatest of all-time. Lots of props to Anderson Silva, I wish him the best and God bless him,” Weidman told Rogan immediately after the fight.
“I just want to give thanks to Jesus Christ, without Him I wouldn’t be here. He gave me the strength to work as hard as I did to get to this spot.”
Weidman clearly respects Silva for a wonderful career and knows that people still may not give him the respect he deserves after beating him twice in a row, but he said that slowly and surely he thinks he will begin to gain the belief of fans everywhere. Speaking of a wonderful career by Silva, that career may be coming to an end as many have speculated that after an injury like this, he won’t be able to come back.
“He could come back, obviously, or it could be the end,” UFC president Dana White said in a post-fight interview. “We’ll have to see. He’s going into surgery right this second.”