UFC great Anderson Silva undergoes leg surgery, apologizes to Brazil

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Anderson Silva felt the pain of having let down his country that went along with the pain caused by his horrific leg injury trying to regain the UFC’s middleweight title against Chris Weidman.

The former champion felt the need to apologize to Brazilians via Twitter following his second-round TKO (injury) loss.

“Brazil, I’m very sorry to have disappointed you, did not give my best I swear,” said Silva.

He remained in a Las Vegas hospital Sunday morning after orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Sanders had repaired Silva’s broken left tibia as well as stabilized his broken left fibula. The UFC estimated his recovery time to be as long as six months.

“The successful surgery inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. 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,” the UFC announced.

The first round was dominated by Weidman (11-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC), who took Silva’s belt in a stunning knockout at UFC 162 in July.

The 38-year-old Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) appeared to have recovered as he entered the second round. His movement was still intact — as was his balance.

Silva then threw a kick that was blocked by Chris Weidman’s knee, causing the leg to break in two places.

He immediately collapsed to the canvas, yelling out in pain as referee Herb Dean waved the fight off.

It was the first time Silva has lost consecutive fights.

“He could come back, obviously, or it could be the end,” UFC president Dana White said after the fight.

“Anderson Silva has been amazing,” UFC president Dana White said at the post-event news conference. “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.”

The Weidman-Silva fight was the main event of UFC 168 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

It was preceded by UFC women’s bantamweight championship between Ronda Rousey (8-0) and Miesha Tate (13-5), where the champion successfully defended the UFC 135-pound title for a second time.

Rousey submitted her rival Tate 58 seconds into the third round for her eighth consecutive arm bar victory. It was the first time a Rousey opponent has made it out of the first round.

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