MMAFrenzy’s live fight coverage of UFC 168 concludes with our recap of tonight’s UFC middleweight championship fight between champion Chris Weidman and former champion Anderson Silva. The UFC’s biggest rematch in years would see the belt remain with Weidman tonight after a horrible injury to Silva provided an anticlimactic ending at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Weidman Retains After Silva’s Gruesome Injury
Tonight’s UFC 168 main event was one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history and while the fight delivered early, it would end in shockingly brutal fashion as former middleweight champion Anderson Silva broke his leg in the second round. The break happened when a Silva leg kick landed on Weidman’s knee and caused the former champ’s leg to snap in grisly fashion. The gruesome injury saw Silva suffer at least one compound fracture of his lower leg and left him screaming in agony in front of a stunned crowd.
The victory was no fluke for Weidman however, as he perfectly timed the check after nearly knocking Silva out in the first round. While Weidman was elated to get the win, he was clearly concerned with the rather macabre scene surrounding the wounded former champion. Weidman improves to 11-0 with the victory and is expected to face Vitor Belfort some time in 2014, but the champ cited a knee injury that could delay the bout for months.
As for Silva, the former champion was immediately rushed to nearby hospital and was expected to undergo emergency surgery on his injured leg. The bout’s conclusion served as a solemn reminder for the dangers every fighter, no matter how great, faces when they step into the cage.
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Weidman with a lot of hand movement early. Silva looking much more focused early. Weidman on the single leg and Silva works to the cage and stands. Hard knee by Anderson. Over/under by Silva as he works up. Muay Thai knees by Anderson and Weidman rocks Silva with a right behind the ear. Weidman pounces and lands some hard shots before briefly looking for an Ezekial choke. Elbows by Weidman as Silva lands some of his own. Weidman with a canopener before Silva works out. Solid elbow by Weidman. More elbows by Weidman. Body triangle from the bottom by Anderson. Weidman with a big shot but Anderson responds with hard shots of his own. Weidman again looks for the canopener but releases it as Silva fires back from the bottom. Hard shots from Silva but Weidman lands a big one of his own. Weidman is cut now. Weidman stands and tries for a big shot but Silva moves at the right moment and rolls for a triangle. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Weidman.
Rd. 2- No touch of gloves to start the round. Silva with a hard legkick. Silva with a shot on an advancing Weidman and he is much more offensive here. Headkick by Weidman misses. Outside legkick by Silva. Body kick by Weidman. Silva with a hard legkick but he suffers a nasty broken leg as Weidman moves to check the kick. The bone completely snapped on the kick. Wow, horrifying injury to see.
Result: Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva via TKO (injury) at 1:16 of Round 2
Referee: Herb Dean