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UFC 168: Promotion Reports Silva Recovering After Successful Surgery

Anderson Silva

UFC 168 may have been one of the promotion’s most highly anticipated events in its history, and to have it end in the manner that it did, was clearly one of the year’s low lights. If you missed it, the rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva was stopped in round two, after the latter badly broke his left leg. It was a horrific and unfortunate conclusion to the night’s main event.

The UFC has released the following statement regarding Silva’s subsequent surgery and future:

“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.”

So, hopefully Silva has a speedy recovery and it remains to be seen whether the 38 year-old legend will return to the Octagon. Considering the fighter’s age, the severity of the injury, and the fact it was his second loss to Weidman, it wouldn’t be surprising if Silva calls it quits. Then again, we are talking about the sport’s greatest fighter to date…

UFC 168 was hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • raker says:

    A horrifying way to end the fight and possibly his career. Here’s hoping for a full and speedy recovery, and the opportunity to return and leave the sport on his own terms.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Definitely nice to hear the break was clean and only requires 3-6 months of rehab. I can definitely see Silva coming back for one more bout (likely against Roy Jones Jr).

  • Niv says:

    I hope he recovers fully and walks away into the sunset, he has nothing left to prove. Time to be selfish, think of himself and his family, why risk your health further now?


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