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Anderson Silva has surgery on leg broken during UFC 168
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is already on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery to fix a broken left leg suffered in his second-round loss to Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 168.
Silva was stretchered out of the arena and immediately taken to a city hospital, where UFC orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Sanders, who was on duty at the event venue, performed the procedure on Silva’s leg.
According to a statement from the UFC, Sanders inserted an intramedullary rod into SIlva’s tibia and stabilized his fibula. The promotion said Silva would remain in the hospital for the time being but that no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. The statement also said that the recovery time for the injuries ranges between 3-6 months.
However, according to medical literature, having the rod removed after healing could add several additional months to that timeframe. Though not every patient has the rod removed, it is believed to benefit professional athletes because it would cut down on the susceptibility to additional fractures.
As of now, it is not known whether the 38 year-old Silva plans to attempt to fight again or retire.
"Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community” the UFC’s statement read. “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."
Silva suffered the injury after throwing a low kick that was checked by Weidman. His leg immediately bent below the knee at a gruesome angle and he fell to the ground, writhing in pain as referee Herb Dean called off the match, resulting in a TKO win for Weidman.
The loss was the second straight for Silva, who had won a record 16 straight UFC fights before crossing paths with Weidman, a former All-American collegiate wrestler who remains unbeaten at 11-0.
48 hours after Silva's horrific leg injury at UFC 168, the former champion is resting in a Las Vegas hospital and is already asking doctors when he will be able to train again.