Chris Weidman holds UFC belt after gruesome Anderson Silva leg injury ends fight : worldleaks
In a stunning turn of events, Chris Weidman held his UFC middleweight title when former champ Anderson Silva endured a broken leg after Weidman checked a Silva kick.
The questions then directly began about whether that will be the end of a legendary MMA career.
In the second round, Silva threw a leg kick. Weidman assured the kick, and Silva immediately fell to the canvas – with his leg badly broken in one of the most gruesome hurts in mixed martial arts history.
The middleweight title bout was the main event of UFC 168.
Weidman threw an early front kick to the body, and 30 seconds in he shot for a single-leg takedown and brought it. He pushed Silva to the fence after the challenger returned to his feet, and there, he ate a knee. But as they clinched up and started to break, Weidman brought a punch that hurt the Brazilian.
Silva went to the canvas, and Weidman brought heavy hands up top as referee Herb Dean looked in closely. Silva survived the early storm but had to work off his back in guard as Weidman tried to work ground-and-pound. Several elbows brought for the champ with two minutes left, while Silva tried to return fire from his back as Weidman postured up.
Silva’s shots from his back weren’t useless, and frequently had Weidman turning his head away – and one of them cut the champ. Silva lived the round on his back to get to the second.
Silva kicked to the inside leg in the second, hoping to start the change of fortunes from the first. But in an perfectly stunning turn of events, a hard kick from Silva was checked by Weidman, and that was it.
The finish recalled memories of a bad leg break endured by Corey Hill in a similar fashion in a 1997 fight. But that it happened to Silva, long considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, as well as the greatest champion in UFC history, was shocking.
The end came 1:16 into the second round.
“No matter what occured in this fight, he’s still the greatest of all time. I wish him the best, and God bless him,” Weidman said. “That was the No. 1 thing I got hit with the first fight. I worked a lot with guys with kicks. But it’s still crazy how that happened. There was a point I was just thinking, ‘Ref, stop the fight.’ His eyes were in the back of his head for a lot of those punches.”
Weidman (11-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) remained unbeaten in the first defense of his title. Silva (33-6, 16-2) lost for the second straight time for the first time in his career – and at 38 years old, that may prove to be the end for “The Spider,” as at best, a long recovery remains for him.
UFC 168 results:
— Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 1:16
— Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 0:58
— Travis Browne def. Josh Barnett via knockout (elbows) – Round 1, 1:00
— Jim Miller def. Fabrício Camoes via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:42
— Dustin Poirier def. Diego Brandao via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:54
— Uriah Hall def. Chris Leben via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00
— Michael Johnson def. Gleison Tibau via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:32
— Dennis Siver def. Manvel Gamburyan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
— John Howard def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
— William Macario def. Bobby Voelker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
— Robbie Peralta def. Estevan Payan via knockout (punches) – Round 3, 0:12
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