UFC releases a statement regarding the future hall-of-famer’s post-fight surgery.
Click here to see video of the injury during the second round.
Anderson Silva has undergone surgery for a broken leg suffered in his loss to Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 168 in Las Vegas.
Silva was taken to hospital straight after the fight, which ended in the second round when Weidman checked a leg-kick from his opponent, which snapped two bones in his shin.
“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 statement said.
“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.”