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.

[UPDATE]

48 hours after Silva’s horrific leg injury at UFC 168, the

former champion is resting in a Las Vegas hospital and

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train again.