The legendary Anderson Silva suffered a horrific broken leg against Chris Weidman in UFC 168 on Saturday night.
Weidman took Silva’s title on July 6, and this highly anticipated rematch didn’t disappoint through the first round. The current champ went to work on an aging Silva, dropping him to the mat with a big right hand. Silva regained composure and defended himself on his back to get to the second round.
At 1:16 into the second, Silva attempted a left leg kick. Weidman pull his left leg for the block, which was the cause of Silva’s brutal break.
“I knew that he could hurt me most with the leg kicks. We trained checking the kick a lot,” said Weidman. “The idea is to pull your leg and for the shin to land at the knee. That’s exactly what I did and I felt his leg go right away.”
“I figured if I [caught] him on my knee it could really hurt him. Crazy how this happened.”
Silva crashed to the ground, screaming in pain, in what very well could be the last image fans see of one of the greatest fighters in history.
After the injury, fans took to Twitter to share their reactions. Some shared jokes, while others sympathized.
— Eric Dickerson (@EricDickerson) December 29, 2013
Anderson silva still projected to return before Derrick Rose.
— Tom Brady’s Ego (@TomBradysEgo) December 29, 2013
It was probably more accurate to describe Anderson Silva as a wizard than a fighter. Few athletes made competition around them look worse.
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) December 29, 2013
— Jay (@___Jay__Jay__) December 29, 2013
— Stuart Scott (@StuartScott) December 29, 2013
Anderson Silva be like pic.twitter.com/QpVtNuRe1x
— Shizzy VI (@SuicideVI) December 29, 2013
Sad, prayers for Anderson Silva tonight. Goodnight.
— Jenn Brown (@JennBrown) December 29, 2013
My reaction to Anderson Silva’s leg.. pic.twitter.com/miJjC5Pb1R
— SportsShitNooneSays (@SprtsShtNo1Says) December 29, 2013
Here you go. To make you feel better if your timeline is filled with Anderson Silva’s pics too. pic.twitter.com/zE5TuTICCa
— Riki Flores (@rikiflo) December 29, 2013
— Jay Wright (@jay_cavalli) December 29, 2013
Anderson Silva’s leg says thanks Obama.
— Thanks Obama (@dangitobama) December 29, 2013
Anderson Silva after that kick pic.twitter.com/ajyQcklm6H
— Sawyer Barksdale (@SawyerBarksdale) December 29, 2013
Yeah Anderson Silva broke his leg in all but………. pic.twitter.com/KmYwxLEHvZ
— @ESPN_Tyler (@xavier_tyler) December 29, 2013
Yo Anderson Silva, Imma let you finish but Kevin Ware has the worst leg injury of all time pic.twitter.com/InSkaB3gbt
— Scheetz (@LScheetzy26) December 29, 2013
— Damien. (@LIVSTRONGWOOK) December 29, 2013
Anderson Silva’s leg is even more broken than his English
— Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) December 29, 2013
damn my new anderson silva action figure is sick pic.twitter.com/pZoESywmp6
— Zedd nV (@Zedd_nV) December 29, 2013
It sickens me that people are making fun of Anderson Silva’s broken leg. Wouldn’t be so funny if it happened to you.
— Crystal Hefner (@crystalhefner) December 29, 2013
— IG:MikeyDiiamond (@MikeyDiiamond) December 29, 2013
Anderson Silva childish man pic.twitter.com/BdvYAKLcJ8
— Magic Don Josh (@WorstTweetGawd) December 29, 2013
when i saw Anderson Silva’s leg: pic.twitter.com/vsCmrvelkh
— TRILLORD (@RoyalTrillness) December 29, 2013
My face when Anderson Silva broke his leg.. pic.twitter.com/gz5jbvzVHz
— Grind of Athletes (@GrindOfAthletes) December 29, 2013
And if you can stomach it, following is a Vine of the injury and a photo.
— Frank Pimentel (@FrankTank96) December 29, 2013