Anderson Silva suffered one of the most traumatic injuries in the history of the UFC. Silva was throwing a leg kick in his main event fight against middleweight champion Chris Weidman and when Weidman checked it, Silva legs snapped. Silva crumbled to a heap and the fight was stopped.
The former champion was immediately rushed to the hospital to undergo leg surgery. Silva underwent successful surgery to his broken fibula and is recovering in a Las Vegas hospital.
The UFC released a statement to the media earlier this morning regarding Silva.
“Following Saturday evening’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 successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s Orthopedic Surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months.
“Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover.”
We send wishes out to Anderson Silva and hope for a successful recovery.