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.