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Weidman vs. Silva 2: The Spider Loses Via TKO After Suffering Broken Leg

Dec 28, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;    Anderson Silva reacts after breaking his leg on a kick to Chris Weidman (not pictured) during their UFC middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2013

UFC 168's highly-hyped main event ended hastily when Anderson Silva broke his leg during the second round. Due to the gruesome injury, Chris Weidman retained the middleweight title by way of TKO.

One round into their rematch from their fight in July, Silva's leg snapped out of place after landing a kick, creating a grotesque sight for those in attendance and viewers watching on pay-per-view. "The Spider" has now lost two UFC bouts, both to Weidman.

Before the unceremonious conclusion, Weidman controlled the bout and looked well on his way to earning a victory without the help of Silva's shattered shin. Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole gave Weidman the firm advantage during the fight's early stages.

Weidman dominated Silva in the first round, nearly knocking Silva out with a right hand that sent Silva's eyes rolling back in his head. Weidman landed a series of elbows from the top and controlled the round, but was not able to finish Silva.

Dec 28, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;    Chris Weidman (red gloves) and Anderson Silva (blue gloves) fight during their UFC middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Weidman won. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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According to FightMetric, Weidman landed 20 significant strikes to Silva's eight. "The All-American" took down Silva once while attempting a submission. Silva fought back with some fierce kicks during the second round, but one caused his leg to buckle and twist out of place.

As Weidman backed away, the official rushed in to call the match.

Instead of notching a true knockout that would have allowed the champion to capture the headlines, the story instead becomes a sad one about the likely end to Silva's career.

He now risks ending his fighting days with two consecutive losses, one stemming from a broken leg and the other from mocking Weidman rather than blocking an incoming punch. It's easy to recall the most recent results, but Silva should be remembered as the esteemed competitor who enjoyed the longest title reign in UFC history.

Weidman, too shell-shocked along with everyone else to bask in his victory, showed respect for the 38-year-old Silva.

“He’s still the greatest of all-time,” Weidman said to UFC.com's Thomas Gerbasi. 

While Weidman has a long way to go before touching Silva's accolades, the 29-year-old is now 11-0 and could be tasked with filling Silva's shoes as UFC's next middleweight star. It's hardly the ideal circumstances for passing the torch, but Silva's illustrious career likely ended with him getting carted out of the ring in overwhelming pain. 

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