Saturday, in a much-anticipated fight with Chris Weidman, which he was meant to win back his title, the 38 years old fighter ended up breaking left ship. Fans sitting, watching the gruesome scene, were in shock.
The incident was caused when Silva kicked Weidman with his left leg. In an attempt to block the kick, Weidman raised his leg also. The colliding limbs ended with Sylva’s leg snapping like a twig.
The surgery was conducted by Dr. Steven Sanders at a Las Vegas Hospital. The surgery was successful and there are reports that no further surgery is required. Silva will stay at a Las Vegas hotel for a few days before returning home to Brazil. Doctors estimate that such an injury may take 3-6 months.
At 6’ 2”, 185 lbs Silva is just limbs, giving him the knock-name spider man. He is a well-rounded fighter and is considered to be one of the best in the game.
Silva have has been the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middle weight champion since 2006 and may have retained his title if Weidman had not knocked him out five months ago in the much televised UFC 162. The 29-year-old Weidman had succeeded in doing what no one else had ever done. Critics chose Weidman to go against Silva knowing that one’s weakness was the other’s strength.
The Brazilian born fighter has received training in various fighting methods. He has black belts in Tae Kwon Do, and Jiu Jitsu. He holds a yellow belt in Capoeira and has mastered Muah Thai as well as boxing.
Fans fear that this injury may mean the end of Silva’s UFC career. UFC president, Dana White, recognizes that the injury could end Silva’s career but remains optimistic, stating that “we will have to see.”
According to Weidman, Silva’s injury was not merely a freak accident but an inevitable part of the sport. “You try to check kicks and that’s what happens.” Silva is known for his lethal kicks, and Weidman is no stranger to them. “That was the number one thing I got hit with in the first fight,” he says.
Critics of the UFC see the Saturday events as evidence that the sport is blood-thirsty and brutal. The UFC has evolved over the years. Criticism by politicians has led to the creation of stricter rules. In the beginning, it struggled to make it financially, but the 2005 Spike TV Show: the Ultimate Fighter, helped it to earn an audience and increase its popularity. Women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting is a new induction to the sport. Saturday’s fight also showcased an important fight for the women; it was between Rhonda Rousey and Miesha Tate.
As Anderson Silva recovers from his injury, his fans in Brazil and around the world send their thoughts and prayers. His apologetic message to fans, explaining how he did try his best to win the fight for them, has been heard by many. Those watching the fight on Saturday don’t deny that Silva did put his best foot forward.
By Earnestine Jones