Photo: Anderson Silva breaks leg in rematch against Chris Weidman
Though Anderson Silva’s middleweight title fight against Chris Weidman back in July was a major upset for the Silva, the former title holder, Saturday’s rematch proved to be even more shocking.
Following the Brazilian fighter’s title loss to Weidman at this past summer’s UFC 162, many were immediately calling for a rematch. No one had seen “The Spider” Silva defeated in quite some time, so fans of both he and Weidman were curious to see if Weidman could pull out another TKO.
Saturday, at UFC 168 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, everyone awaited what UFC President Dana White expected to be the greatest fight in UFC history.
However, no one was prepared to see the match-up end the way it ultimately did.
Just one minute and 16 seconds into the second round, 38-year-old Silva raised his left leg to throw Weidman a hard kick. Weidman countered by checking the kick with his right leg. In what can only be called “gruesome”, Silva’s lower leg was demolished upon contact with Weidman’s leg. In response, Silva screamed in pain as he fell.
The fight was over and Weidman knew it instantly, as did everyone watching.
Weidman has now defended his middleweight title with another TKO against one of the greatest MMA fighters in the sport’s history, while Silva has likely suffered a career-ending injury after six years as the reigning champ.
Check out the video below. (WARNING, THIS VIDEO MAY BE TOO GRAPHIC FOR SOME.)