Remember Kevin Ware’s broken leg last basketball season? This may be worse. The UFC fighter’s bid for the championship belt against Chris Weidman on Dec. 28 came to a gruesome end when he horrifically broke his leg. Read on to watch the video, but be warned — it’s not a pretty sight.
Former UFC champion Anderson Silva, 38, lost his middleweight title fight to Chris Weidman in the second round on Dec. 28, but it’s how he lost that’s quickly become an internet sensation. The brawler suffered a grotesque lower leg injury after attempting a kick, and now the future of his career is in doubt.
Anderson Silva Breaks His Leg
After getting clocked in the first round, Anderson tried to take Chris down with a swift kick, which Chris was quick to block with his own leg — and that’s when things got ugly. The impact of the contact broke Anderson’s left leg immediately, bending it gruesomely and causing the fighter to fall to the mat in a world of pain. Chris was declared the winner at 1:16 into the second round, almost by default.
“I knew that he could hurt me most with the leg kicks. We trained checking the kick a lot,” Chris told the Los Angeles Times after the fight. “The idea is to pull your leg and for the shin to land at the knee. That’s exactly what I did and I felt his leg go right away.”
As Anderson writhed around on the ground, fans were reminded of other horrific leg injuries that athletes have suffered over the years, like Kevin Ware of Louisville basketball, Willis McGahee of Miami football, and Joe Theisman from the Washington Redskins.
The hardest thing to stomach (well, besides seeing Anderson’s leg bend in a way it never should) is that the injury not only caused Anderson to lose the match, but it put the rest of his career in jeopardy. Even before breaking his leg, it was clear that Anderson was a step slower than his opponent and at 38, questions about his retirement were already starting to crop up.
This horrific leg injury may be the final nail in the coffin.
— Andrew Gruttadaro