Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson “The Spider” Silva remains in a Las Vegas hospital on Dec. 29 after breaking his leg Saturday in his bid to reclaim the UFC's middleweight title.
The 38-year-old Silva underwent a “successful” surgery to fix that broken leg, according to USA Today.
During Saturday night's fight, Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) threw a kick that was checked by champion Chris Weidman (11-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC), and in the process Silva's left leg was badly broken. The fight was the main event of UFC 168 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC released a statement saying that Silva’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Steven Sanders, estimated the fighter’s recovery time to be perhaps six months following the recent repairs to his broken left tibia plus his now stabilized and broken left fibula.
The UFC went on to state that:
"… Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time.
Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover."
Chris Weidman has been the UFC Middleweight Champion since knocking out Silva last July. During the second round of Saturday’s battle between Weidman and Silva, the current champ “checked a Silva low kick – leading to one of the most gruesome injuries in MMA history.”
Silva went down immediately, grasping his leg in obvious excruciating pain.
At a press conference following the match, UFC president Dana White said that "Anderson Silva has been amazing."
"He's one of the greatest of all time, if not the best ever. It's a (expletive) way to see him go out, but it's part of the game."
Speculation is already being bandied about concerning Silva’s ability to return to the ring following such a major injury.
For more on Saturday’s match between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, see the video accompanying this video.