In the main event of UFC 168, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva snapped his left leg while delivering a low kick to current champ Chris Weidman. Silva immediately collapsed and the fight was declared a TKO. "The Spider" was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery and has recently started rehab.
UFC president Dana White went out to see Silva and reported to Twitter on Friday that he's doing well:
Leg is healing fast, he will be walking without crutches in 30 days @spideranderson pic.twitter.com/O2T9maYH4r— Dana White (@danawhite) January 10, 2014
Early reports from medical professionals indicated Silva would be facing a 6-9 month recovery period. Additionally, the surgeon who operated on Anderson's leg advised against him throwing any kicks for up to twelve months. So, while Silva may be off the crutches soon, it'll be a long while before we see him back in the Octagon. His management and Dana White have indicated that he does intend to return to fighting.
As for the the middleweight strap, Chris Weidman is set to make his second defense against Vitor Belfort later this year. The event hasn't been set just yet, but the UFC has stated they expect it to take place in Las Vegas, NV.