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Anderson Silva to be sidelined up to six months with broken left fibula

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According to a Dec. 29 post from Yahoo! Sports, the gruesome injury Anderson Silva (33-6) suffered during is UFC 168 fight against Chris Weidman (10-0) has been confirmed by UFC officials to be a broken fibula.

Following UFC 168, the 38-year-old Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg.

Silva remains in the hospital as of Dec. 29, but no additional surgery is scheduled.

The UFC says no immediate decision has been made about his future, and that Silva asks for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury.

"The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC's orthopedic surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson's left tibia," the UFC announced, according to Yahoo! Sports. "The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time."

Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months, which would sideline Silva until he'll be close to 40 years old.

UFC President Dana White hasn't yet counted out Silva. He said at the UFC 168 post-fight presser that he didn't talk to the Brazilian legend before he was sent to the hospital.

"I don't want to count him out, I don't want to count him in. It's just really not the important thing right now. The important thing is he gets his surgery, heals up and then we go from there," White said.

With Silva sidelined, Weidman will take on Vitor Belfort for the UFC's middleweight championship.


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