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
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
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.