Anderson Silva breaks leg on kick check from Weidman
Here is an image i was emailed this morning, looks like it comes from a Brazilian Website. Don’t worry if you cannot read Portuguese, the image speaks for itself:
Needless to say, UFC 168 went out with a bang, sorry for the pun. Everything i expected and more happened: the under-card was pretty decent, Jim Miller looked phenomenal, Leben is stuck at gatekeeper, Tate gave Ronda a good go, Barnett was not himself, and The Spider was unable to exact his revenge on Weidman during Round 1 or 2. I hope he heals fast and at this point we should not be worried if he will return, he just needs to heal up in peace and make the decision once he is ready. But the question on everyone’s mind is: Did Weidman really win? Did he really answer everyone’s expectations about his ability to remain a champion?
In my eyes, i say yes. He is almost 10 years younger than Silva and 10 years in the fight game including 6 of them defending a belt takes a toll on the human body. Getting punched for a living has its downsides. I used my quick and rude paint skills to show a simple graph:
For a more detailed discussion of bone density over time, check out this article published by The Berkeley Lab. We seem to forget as fans that athletes age. In all sports. No one, in any sport, can remain #1 forever. Is Silva one of the best? Definitely. Is GSP one of the best? Same answer. Will Weidman become one of the best? Only time will tell. But just as time allows people to grow stronger, becomes bigger, faster, stronger, time also takes away these traits. It is called the human condition and as fans we need to remember that when cheering for or against someone. 6 years of defending the belt takes an emotional toll as well as a physical one (see GSP). MMA is also a combat sport. There are only 2 ways to win: Make someone unable to continue the fight, or let subjective judges decide. A tapout, knockout or the inability to meet the bell of the next round (Leben) are all about making someone unable to continue the fight.
A better bone diagram from the study above:
FightMedicine.net posted a great link as to why the former champ needed emergency surgery.
Bleacher report posts article about the successful surgery
A compound fracture including 2 bones is a serious injury. Anytime you kick someone to the inside of the leg you put yourself at risk of getting said kick checked, a standard move in Muay Thai.
Additionally Cytosport posted a link to a Day in the Life of Fight Camp for Chris Weidman
We followed current UFC Middleweight Champion and Monster Milk athlete Chris Weidman for a day to capture his training routine and mindset during a typical day of his fight camp leading up to next Saturday’s rematch against Anderson Silva in UFC 168. The 3-minute video shows an inside look at how the champ has put in the work and is in the best shape of his life.
The video is officially launched to the public and the media, so feel free to watch, share and post to your personal social media.
Shortened link for social media: http://tinyurl.com/o5ungnr
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