Chris Weidman Talks Recovery from Surgery on Gruesome Leg Injury in IG Video

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIIApril 26, 2021

Chris Weidman on the canvas with a broken leg ending his UFC 261 mixed martial arts fight, Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. This is the first UFC event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to feature a full crowd in attendance. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
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Chris Weidman took to Instagram early Monday morning to share an update on the broken leg he suffered at UFC 261 on Saturday.

The 36-year-old said he broke his tibia and fibula when he kicked Uriah Hall and went down with the injury, resulting in a TKO win for Hall 17 seconds into the fight. He said he underwent surgery to place a rod through his tibia. 

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

The Long Island native, who was the UFC 185-pound titleholder from 2013-15, said he will be on crutches for eight weeks and can return to training between six and 12 months from now.  

Hall, who was shaken up after the fight, said in his post-fight press conference that he owes Weidman a rematch. 

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"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

Weidman, who is 15-6, is the third UFC fighter to break his leg on a checked kick, and he was on the other end of the similar blow that took Anderson Silva out during a championship battle in 2013. Silva spent 13 months recovering before his return, but he is still fighting now even at age 46.

"I'm trying to find the blessing in disguise, a silver lining," Weidman said. "Honestly, as soon as it happened and I hit the floor, saw my leg and the pain started hitting me, I tried to keep my mind on something positive that will come out of this. I'm hopeful something will come out of it that's good, because this is not fun. I can't believe it happened."