At UFC 168 former middleweight champion Anderson Silva broke his left leg in gruesome fashion. As UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman checked a kick delivered by Silva, the Spider’s leg snapped and even wrapped around Weidman’s leg in the process.
After undergoing surgery immediately following UFC 168, the status of Anderson Silva was unknown. Sunday morning the UFC released a statement updating the details of his surgery and expected recovery timeline.
“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.”