Former UFC champion has surgery after suffering 'freak' leg break
April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has undergone successful surgery after suffering a gruesome broken leg during his bout on Saturday at UFC 261.
(CNN)Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has undergone successful surgery after suffering a gruesome broken leg during his bout on Saturday at UFC 261.
The 36-year-old broke his right leg just 17 seconds into his fight with Uriah Hall.
The middleweight fight was immediately halted with Hall declared the winner as Weidman was stretched off to a nearby Jacksonville hospital.
Having claimed the UFC middleweight title from the legendary Anderson Silva, Weidman retained his belt against the Brazilian in the rematch in 2013 as Silva himself suffered a broken leg in the second round after Weidman blocked his leg kick.
Silva, who was sidelined for more than a year by his injury, took to social media to pay his respects to Weidman.
Hall described hearing "a click" when Weidman's lower leg broke.
Weidman had previously defeated Hall via a first-round knockout in 2010 before either fighter had made it to the UFC.