Following UFC star Chris Weidman‘s horrific, self-inflicted broken leg in his fight against Uriah Hall, he’s now spoken out about his lengthy road to recovery.
Early on in the Hall-Weidman fight, the former middleweight champion attempted a leg kick to soften up Hall’s stance. However, the maneuver completely backfired. Weidman ended up snapping his own leg in half as he made contact with Hall’s shin.
On Monday morning, Weidman shared an update with his fans. He posted a self-shot video from his hospital bed to his Instagram account. The UFC fighter announced that doctors successfully repaired both his broken tibia and fibula in surgery on Sunday. Weidman says it could be six to 12 months before he’s back training again. In addition, he revealed that he won’t be able to walk for the next eight weeks.
The fighter thanked his opponent and everyone else for all the love he’s received since sustaining the gruesome injury.
“I just want to let everybody know, I’m so thankful for all the love and support,” Weidman said in the video.
“It’s pretty brutal but I’m going to get through this. I think it’s gonna be 8 weeks until I can walk without crutches and stuff and drive and all that. And then as far as actually training, they said between six and 12 months I’ll be good to go. Trying to find the blessing in disguise, the silver lining… This is not fun, I can’t believe it happened.”
UFC 261 Fight Ends Quickly with Gruesome, Self-Inflicted TKO
On Saturday night, Jacksonville, Florida welcomed UFC 261 to town. It was a stacked card of top-tier fights, and it marked the first full UFC crowd since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The night was electric with fans finally back in the stands. Yet only 17 seconds into the Hall-Weidman bout, a collective gasp took the air out of the arena.
With the first leg kick of the fight, Weidman TKO’d himself from the match. As the fighter kicked Hall’s leg, his leg shattered as previously mentioned. For those that haven’t seen the footage, the injury isn’t for the faint of heart.
As Weidman pulls back from the kick, the lower half of his right leg swings loosely. When he tries to put his weight on it, he topples to the mat with half of his leg bending underneath him like rubber. Yeah, your leg isn’t supposed to do that. Fair warning: Don’t watch the clip, available here, if you have a weak stomach.
The highly-anticipated rematch between the pair was a decade in the making. In fact, Weidman handed Hall his first-ever defeat as a UFC fighter. Following his strange victory, Hall was all class in his post-fight interview. He
“I got nothing but respect for Chris Weidman. He’s truly one of the best,” Hall said to announcer Joe Rogan. “It is a crazy story, that he was the first man I fought that defeated me, that introduced me to fear.”
“I mean I wanted to, you know, put on a great performance. But man, I feel so bad for him. I hope he’s okay. I wish his family well if you guys are watching… I’ve got nothing bad to say about him and I hope he recovers. And hey, whatever rank I am in the future, if he gets well, I owe him this fight. And I hope he can come back from it. You’re still one of the best, Chris,” Hall concluded his post-fight interview.