Anderson Silva Broken Leg, THE UFC has ended 2013 with a shocking finish after Anderson Silva’s leg snapped in an injury that has been described as one of the most horrific in an already brutal sport.
Silva’s injury in the main event at UFC 168 cast a pall over arguably the UFC’s biggest fight card of the year, reminding every fan of the rapidly growing sport of the brutality frequently at its core.
The Brazilian’s leg snapped when he attempted a low leg kick on middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Anderson Silva, of Brazil, clutches his shattered leg after kicking Chris Weidman during the UFC 168.
Although the injury happened too quickly to be seen by most naked eyes at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, thousands of fans cringed audibly when the replay was shown once on the arena’s big screens.
Weidman quietly celebrated his victory while doctors tended to the injured Brazilian, whose left shin was bent grotesquely after the failed kick.
As Silva was stretchered from the Octagon with a brace on his leg Weidman paid tribute to the ex-champion, calling him the greatest fighter in the sport’s history.
The 38-year-old Silva was rushed to a local hospital for emergency surgery.
A statement from the UFC released today said an orthopedic surgeon went to work on Silva last night and successfully stabilised his leg.
“Following Sunday’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 statement sai. “The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia.