Weidman vs. Silva 2 Results: Twitter Reacts to the Main Event

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Weidman vs. Silva 2 Results: Twitter Reacts to the Main Event
Jayne Kamin-Oncea /USA Today

UFC 168, which seemed to be a strong candidate for the 2013 MMA event of the year, came to a tragic ending.

In the second round, Anderson Silva threw a leg kick. Chris Weidman checked it perfectly, which resulted in Silva's shin making direct contact with Weidman's knee. 

The force of Silva's kick snapped his leg in devastating fashion.

Boxing Insider tweeted out a graphic photo:

Silva instantly crumbled to the ground and screamed out in pain, a telling sight for a man who has made his name by being miles tougher than his competition.

Naturally, fans, fighters and media took to Twitter to discuss what they had just seen, and MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani started things off: 

Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole and MMA Fighting's Dave Doyle gave updates on what was happening with Silva in real time:

Past that, though, few expressed anything other than shock, horror and nauseation

MMA Junkie brought up an interesting point.

This is a combat sport, and while many, including Dana White, revel in seeing battered men put their bodies through things they aren't designed to sustain, it is undeniably hypocritical to then turn away or whitewash gruesome injuries like this:

 Some of our Bleacher Report staff are at odds over how Weidman handled the immediate aftermath:

This is certainly an unfortunate way to end an otherwise truly great night of fights. Make sure to keep with us for more details on Silva in our coverage of the post-fight press conference.

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