The former champion lined up a series of leg kicks against Weidman in Round 2 of their main-event tangle, a game plan that backfired in dramatic, disgusting fashion.
In addition to the picture above, former The Ultimate Fighter contestant Jimmy Quinlan posted the following to his Instagram account:
GIF wizard Zombie Prophet (@ZProphet_MMA) also posted this heartbreaking image as "The Spider" left the Octagon on a stretcher. Moments before, Mr. Prophet also published a sequence which puts motion to Kamin-Oncea's polarizing frame.
Here is a link to the GIF which perfectly shows the break. WARNING: graphic content.
This unfortunate conclusion came after a first round that saw Weidman dominate on the feet and on the ground.
After an early takedown, Silva popped back up to his feet, only to get clipped by a stiff right hand from Weidman that sent him back to the canvas.
From there, Weidman unleashed some furious ground-and-pound and controlled the remainder of the round.
Silva, perhaps sensing the urgency of the situation, began to open up in the second round, only to have the bout halted by the injury.
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No true fight fan—even fans of Weidman—wanted to see a legend go down like this, and now Silva's future in the sport is uncertain.
Will he return? Should he?
After this injury, the future is bleak. Thankfully, the past will shine bright for Silva, lighting the way to retirement and proudly displaying his unparalleled legacy.