Silva was carried out on a stretcher on Saturday night after breaking his left leg during his rematch with Chris Weidman for the middleweight title. It was the type of injury that could haunt a person for a lifetime.
The disturbing image of Silva’s leg shattering in half after having a leg kick checked by Weidman won’t easily be forgotten. According to a medical update released by Zuffa on Sunday, Silva suffered a broken tibia and fibula. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon.
An intramedullary rod was inserted into Silva’s broken tibia, while his fibula has been stabilized and won’t require a separate surgery. Per the report, the recovery time for Silva could last anywhere between three to six months.
Earlier today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission sent MMAJunkie.com the medical suspensions list, which issued Silva a timetable of six months along with a needed medical clearance from his doctor.
Three other fighters were included in the list for possible six-month suspensions.
Manny Gamburyan, who suffered a decision loss to Dennis Siver, will need an MRI of his left knee cleared before he can return to action.
Dustin Poirier managed to stop Diego Brandao in the first round with a TKO, but he also injured his shoulder in the process. He will need his shoulder cleared to avoid a six-month suspension. Josh Barnett’s name was also on the list after his first round knockout loss to Travis Browne.
According to MMAJunkie.com, other suspensions include:
Diego Brandao: suspended until 02/11/14 with no contact until 01/27/14.
Chris Leben: suspended until 02/11/14 with no contact until 01/27/14 due to facial lacerations.
Gleison Tibau: suspended until 02/11/14 with no contact until 01/27/14 due to cut on right cheek.
Dennis Siver: suspended until 02/11/14 with no contact until 01/27/14 due to scalp lacerations.
William Macario: must have right hand cleared by doctor or no contest until 06/28/14.
Bobby Voelker: suspended until 02/11/14 with no contact until 01/27/14 due to facial and scalp lacerations.
Estevan Payan: suspended until 02/11/14 with no contact until 01/27/14
Stay tuned into to Bleacher Report for further updates on injuries and possible medical suspensions.