Chris Weidman sustained a horrific open fracture on his leg just moments into his match against Uriah Hall, with the bone protruding. Fans immediately compared the incident to Anderson Silva’s similar injury.
The match was stopped due to Hall’s brutal injury, and he won by TKO. On a stretcher, Weidman was taken out of the octagon.
After the fight, Hall told Joe Rogan,
“I have nothing but admiration for Chris Weidman.” “He is without a doubt one of the brightest. It’s a strange story, but he was the first man I ever fought who defeated me and taught me to be afraid. I decided to put on a fantastic show. I’m so sorry for him. I hope he’s doing well. I give my best wishes to the family. It’s the most unpleasant aspect of the sport…. I’m hoping he gets better.”
Weidman defeated Silva in his first UFC middleweight title defense in 2013, after Silva sustained a strikingly similar injury. It was regarded as one of the most heinous injuries ever seen in sports.
Later that night, Kamaru Usman will defend his welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261.
The injury can be seen below but be warned: the video is graphic.
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“I hope he’s okay. I wish his family well if you guys are watching.”
Uriah Hall had a classy message for Chris Weidman and his family after their fight at UFC 261 ended with an injury to Weidman’s leg. pic.twitter.com/m3yd5sSEsG
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