After the UFC icon suffered a horrible, leg-bending injury on Dec. 28, stars and fans rushed to Twitter to express their shock over seeing such a gruesome incident, and also to send their prayers to the ailing fighter.
At almost the exact same time Anderson Silva hit the ground after breaking his leg during his UFC title fight against Chris Weidman, stars, athletes, and fans took to Twitter to post their reactions. And because Anderson’s leg-bending break was the worst sports injury since Kevin Ware‘s bone-protruding injury in March, there were too many reactions of shock, horror, and sadness to count.
Anderson Silva’s Injury: Stars & Athletes React
Though some celebrities were tweeting about the gruesome injury, most of the notable reactions came from fellow athletes — including Joe Theismann, who suffered a horrific leg break of his own in the ’80s — who wanted to wish Anderson a fast and safe recovery:
— Wilmer Valderrama (@WValderrama) December 29, 2013
Congratulations to @ChrisWeidmanUFC on defending your title! Well done! Prayers go out to Anderson Silva!
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) December 29, 2013
Wow!!! That was nasty!!! My prayers go out to @SpiderAnderson . We are praying for your health,mind and spirit. God Bless u man.
— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) December 29, 2013
— Kerri Walsh Jennings (@kerrileewalsh) December 29, 2013
Praying for Anderson Silva
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) December 29, 2013
I can’t get over it. Watch it on pay-per- view. I’m a huge Anderson Silva fan. So sad to watch him go… http://t.co/ErgZAgLwI7
— Tyler Florence (@TylerFlorence) December 29, 2013
— Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) December 29, 2013
Feeling really bad for Anderson Silva today.
— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) December 29, 2013
Poor Anderson silva, looks so painful ouch!
— daniel sahyounie (@danielsahyounie) December 29, 2013
Feel really bad for Anderson Silva. That’s nasty. Omg. I probably would have cried if that happen to me. #UFC
— Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65) December 29, 2013
Very Sad to see a injury like that happens to an athlete. I wish the best recovery to Anderson Silva.
— Demian Maia (@demianmaia) December 29, 2013
Fans React To Anderson Silva’s Leg Break
Fans, who immediately turned Anderson into a slew of memes, were also reacting to Anderson’s injury. Though, their tones were noticeably more lighthearted:
No one will ever tell Anderson Silva to “break a leg” before a fight again.
— Warren Holstein (@WarrenHolstein) December 29, 2013
— Josh Devine (@JoshDevineDrums) December 29, 2013
Sending #AndersonSilva positive thoughts on a full and speedy recovery. His legacy as one of the best ever is set in stone either way.
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) December 29, 2013
So sad to see one of my heroes Anderson Silva go down like that he’s still the greatest. Praying for a full recovery, congrats to Weidman
— Anthony Robles (@ARobles125) December 29, 2013
So HollywoodLifers, how did YOU react to seeing Anderson’s injury? Let us know.
— Andrew Gruttadaro