Chris Weidman to Undergo Surgery After Suffering Gruesome Leg Injury at UFC 261

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 25, 2021

Chris Weidman stands atop a scale during the weigh-ins ahead his mixed martial arts middleweight bout against Ronaldo Souza at UFC 230, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Chris Weidman suffered a horrific leg injury after attempting a low kick on opponent Uriah Hall just seconds into their middleweight fight at UFC 261 on Saturday.

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Holy. Weidman just kicked Uriah Hall SECONDS into their fight and his leg snapped. The exact same thing that happened to Anderson Silva against Weidman. This is absolutely horrific.

ESPN @espn

Chris Weidman was stretchered off after suffering a leg injury against Uriah Hall. #UFC261 https://t.co/lpwhGmHO3D

UFC Ultimate Insider host and MMA reporter Megan Olivi provided an update on Weidman's health later in the evening alongside that of Jimmy Crute, who suffered an injury that forced his match against Anthony Smith to end prematurely beforehand:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

.@MeganOlivi provides an injury update after #UFC261 • Jimmy Krute's knee is stabilized • Chris Weidman has been admitted to the hospital and will have surgery tomorrow https://t.co/qUd30S8slB

The moment was eerily similar to when Anderson Silva snapped his leg after attempting to kick Weidman at UFC 168 in Dec. 2013. It also occurred one fight after a doctor's stoppage ended the Smith vs. Crute matchup:

ESPN MMA @espnmma

After the fight was waved off, @lionheartasmith and @CruteJim embraced in the Octagon 🤝 Stream #UFC261 on ESPN+ ▶️ https://t.co/11j8ptNbRf https://t.co/gmjOzwZR32

Hall was clearly shaken up, and he wished Weidman well in a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan:

ESPN MMA @espnmma

"I hope he's okay. I wish his family well if you guys are watching." @UriahHallMMA had a classy message for Chris Weidman and his family after their fight at #UFC261 ended with an injury to Weidman's leg. https://t.co/u12EWgoQaK

Many fighters sent their well-wishes to Weidman after the injury, including heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou:

Francis Ngannou @francis_ngannou

This is horrible 😢 Unfortunate for Chris I hope he recover fast. #ufc261

Frankie Edgar @FrankieEdgar

Damn hope @chrisweidman is ok, Heart goes out to him and his family.

Rafael dos Anjos @RdosAnjosMMA

Speed recovery @chrisweidman that was hard to watch #UFC261

Smith was also clearly emotional after hearing the news during his post-match press conference:

br_betting @br_betting

Anthony Smith was shaken up in the press room after Chris Weidman's gruesome injury https://t.co/Sanmqxp30K

The Weidman-Hall fight was one of five on the UFC 261 main card, which was held in Jacksonville, Florida. Three championship matches are on the card, with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman's successful title defense against Jorge Masvidal serving as the main event.