In the sport of UFC it’s expected that some pretty nasty breaks will happen, but it doesn’t make it any easier to watch.

In his first title defense (and second match against Anderson Silva) middleweight champion Chris Weidman successfully defended his title at UFC 168  after colliding with Silva in the second round of a bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

According to ESPN, 1:16 into the second round Silva (33-6) threw a left leg kick that Weidman (11-0) checked near his right knee. Immediately, Silva fell to the ground in pain, prompting referee Herb Dean to waive an end to the fight. Replays showed Silva’s shinbone snapped from the force of the collision.

Silva is recovering after surgery to repair his leg and the UFC issued the following statement:

“Following Saturday evening’s UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months. Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover.”

The 38-year-old Silva, a former middleweight champion,  is considered by many in UFC to be the best pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the sport.  Silva holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history, which ended in 2013 with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses.  This injury may mean the end of an illustrious career.

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