Chris Weidman suffered one of the worst injuries of all-time in the Octagon at UFC 261 on Saturday night when be broke his leg with his first strike of the fight against Uriah Hall, bringing grim memories flooding back of the time Anderson Silva did exactly the same thing against Weidman.
Later on the pay-per-view broadcast, Megan Olivi revealed that Weidman was now in a stable condition in hospital and would be undergoing surgery on Sunday.
Weidman’s wife Marivi has since posted an update to confirm that the former middleweight champion has since underdone surgery and it appears to have been successful.
“Well that was horrible,” Marvivi Weidman wrote on Instagram. “Freak things happen in life and plans get crushed. It’s been a lonnnggg day but so happy to finally see this man of mine post surgery. Everything went well thank you Lord! Very thankful for the medical staff, UFC family @danawhite @reedharrisufc#allieraimondo, our management team @[email protected] and our family and friends here rallying to help with the kids.
“My heart breaks for my husband because I know the work and dedication that he puts into his training everyday and the great man that he is, so I only want the best for him. While this absolutely sucks in the moment and for some weeks to come, we are completely overwhelmed by the love and support we have far and wide and are very aware how blessed we are. All of that overpowers the awfulness of this situation. We are blown away by our friends and family offering to hop on flights to come help us without hesitation. We are so grateful and love you all!!
“It’s been a crazy year so far but us Weidmans are a force and covered in Grace and Mercy everyday! We were reminded this year how precious each day is and I am so thankful to be spending another day on earth next to my love even if it’s in a hospital room far from home. 🙌🏻 #teamweidman.”
Chris has now spoken out himself about the horrific injury and says he’s doing his best to keep a positive outlook on the situation.
“Trying to find the blessing in disguise and silver lining,” Weidman wrote on Instagram. “Honestly, as soon as it happened and I hit the floor, seeing what happened to my leg and the pain started hitting me, I was just trying to put my mind on something positive and coming out of this. I’m hopeful that’s the thing that’s gonna come out of it that’s good. This is not fun. I can’t believe what happened.”
“It’s pretty brutal, but I’m gonna get through this. I think it’s gonna be eight weeks until I could walk without crutches and stuff and drive and all that. And then as far as actual training, I don’t know,” Weidman said. “They said between six and 12 months I’ll be good to go. …
“Surgery was successful. They put a titanium rod through the tibia. So they go through the knee, and they take the rod and they drill it through the tibia to make it straight and hard. My fibula was broken, as well, but I guess when they put the tibia back together and my leg was straight, the fibula kind of matched back up to where it was broken, and they feel that could heal on it’s own as long as I’m not putting weight on it and stuff.”