Following his horrific leg injury at UFC 261, fighter Chris Weidman is sharing his road to recovery with his fans. Earlier this morning, the MMA star revealed x-ray photos of his shattered leg, and they’re just as wild as you might think if you saw the fight and his subsequent injury.
Only 17 seconds in to Chris Weidman’s fight against Uriah Hall on Saturday night, the former middleweight champion’s attempted leg kick completely backfired. Weidman ended up snapping his own leg in half as he made contact with Hall’s shin. When he pulled back from the kick, the lower half of Weidman’s right leg swung loosely as if it was made of rubber. As he tried to put his weight on it, he toppled to the mat in agony.
This morning, the UFC star shared the news that he’s heading home to continue his lengthy recovery process. The 36-year-old had successful surgery on both his broken fibula and tibia on Sunday. Now, he’s given fans an inside look at the before and after x-ray pictures of his leg. As you can see, both of Weidman’s leg bones are snapped in two in the first photo. Further pics include his post-surgery results, which show a metal rod and screws used to stabilize the bones.
“Before and after X-rays of this nightmare. Special thanks to Dr. Gitlin for performing a successful surgery and being so helpful during the entire process. Also, a big thank you to Dr. Davidson from the @ufc for making sure I was taken care of properly and speaking to these doctors on my behalf. It made me feel so much better having him involved because I know he had my back,” Chris Weidman wrote on his Instagram post.
UFC Star Shares Update on Surgery, Gives Timetable for Recovery
Yesterday, Chris Weidman spoke out about his horrific, self-inflicted broken leg for the first time. He shared details about his lengthy recovery and thanked everyone for their love and well wishes.
On Monday morning, Weidman posted a self-shot video from his hospital bed to his Instagram account. The UFC fighter announced that doctors successfully repaired both his broken tibia and fibula. Weidman also shared his recovery timetable with his fans and followers. He says it could be six to 12 months before he’s able to train again. Additionally, he revealed that he won’t be able to walk for at least eight weeks or so.
The fighter went on to thank his opponent and everyone else for all the love he’s received since sustaining the gruesome injury.
“I just want to let everybody know, I’m so thankful for all the love and support,” Weidman said in the video.
“It’s pretty brutal but I’m going to get through this. I think it’s gonna be 8 weeks until I can walk without crutches and stuff and drive and all that. And then as far as actually training, they said between six and 12 months I’ll be good to go. Trying to find the blessing in disguise, the silver lining… This is not fun, I can’t believe it happened.”