Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has displayed the scars he bears from the sickening leg break suffered in his short-lived contest with Uriah Hall this month – telling fans he will recuperate from the harrowing setback.
Weidman collapsed in agony simply 17 seconds into his conflict with fellow veteran Hall at UFC 261 in Florida final weekend, after his proper leg snapped gruesomely as he tried a low kick on his rival.
The grisly injury was among the many worst ever seen contained in the UFC octagon, and was eerily paying homage to the leg break suffered by Brazilian legend Anderson Silva, coincidently in a title combat with Weidman again in 2013.
Weidman, 36, up to date fans on social media on Thursday by sharing the scars of the emergency surgical procedure he underwent within the aftermath of the injury, additionally sharing some stomach-churning footage and particulars.
“I just undressed my injury. The cut on the back of the calf is from when I stepped down in octagon, and bone went through calf muscle and skin,” Weidman wrote.
“Special thanks to Dr. Davidson and @heatherlinden from @ufc PI [Performance Institute] for setting me up with everything I need and hooking me up with Dr. Hsu out of Charlotte to get me back on my feet.
“I was waiting two weeks to take off the dressing, but Dr. Hsu wanted me to do it immediately. I know there are many worried about me, including family friends and fans. I will be good, love you all.”
Earlier this week, Weidman had shared X-rays of his newly-repaired limb and has since been discharged from hospital, heading dwelling to South Carolina on a personal jet.
“I can’t thank [Dana White] and [the UFC] enough for taking care of my family and me during these challenging times,” Weidman wrote.
“These are the sort of things they do for us that people don’t get to see. Instead of being in pain on a public plane or stuck in a car forever, they chartered us a plane straight from the hospital to our house.”
Weidman stated in an Instagram video that he hoped to be capable of stroll with out crutches in round eight weeks, with a timeline of between six and 12 months earlier than he can return to coaching.
Former rival Silva, 46, was capable of return simply over 12 months after his equally grotesque leg break in opposition to Weidman eight years in the past, and remained lively within the UFC till final October earlier than he retired from MMA.
Silva had despatched his well-wishes to Weidman within the speedy aftermath of the injury and added to that in a brand new interview with Ag Fight by urging the American to be affected person together with his restoration.
“It felt like it happened to me again,” Silva said. “Really dangerous. Only an individual who has gone through that is aware of what it’s like, they usually wouldn’t want it on anyone. I used to be actually upset.
“The coming days, months, will be exhausting. He’ll must be affected person, he’ll must be very calm. He must have his household with him, as a result of it gained’t be straightforward.”
“A thousand things go through your mind. Of course everyone has their personality, but I believe he’ll overcome this. His mind is very strong.
“He has the mind of a champion. He knows how to handle adversities and I’m sure he’ll get through this. Soon enough well see him fighting again.”
After the untimely conclusion to their contest – which ended up being Weidman’s sixth defeat in his final eight octagon outings – Uriah Hall stated he “owed” his stricken opponent one other combat, ought to he make a comeback.