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Photo: Health update from Chris Weidman’s surgery following ‘horrible’ leg break at UFC 261

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Chris Weidman is out of surgery and smiling after breaking leg at UFC 261.

UFC 261 featured a terrible ending to the middleweight match-up between Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall. Seconds into the fight Weidman threw an innocuous looking leg kick that was checked by Hall. This resulted in a total leg break for Weidman. The ghastly injury looked identical to what happened to Anderson Silva when they fought each other eight years ago.

Weidman was stretchered out of the arena in obvious pain and dismay. The former UFC champion has since been inundated with well wishes from Hall, Silva and many others in the fighting world.

Last night Weidman’s wife, Marivi Weidman, shared a picture of her husband smiling with his thumb up after surgery to fix his broken leg. She also included a lengthy update that gave thanks to medical staff, the UFC, Dana White and all the supporters who have wished him well.

Well that was horrible. Freak things happen in life and plans get crushed. It’s been a lonnnggg day but so happy to finally see this man of mine post surgery. Everything went well thank you Lord! Very thankful for the medical staff, UFC family @danawhite @reedharrisufc #allieraimondo, our management team @vaynersports @sarahzemonek and our family and friends here rallying to help with the kids. My heart breaks for my husband because I know the work and dedication that he puts into his training everyday and the great man that he is, so I only want the best for him. While this absolutely sucks in the moment and for some weeks to come, we are completely overwhelmed by the love and support we have far and wide and are very aware how blessed we are. All of that overpowers the awfulness of this situation. We are blown away by our friends and family offering to hop on flights to come help us without hesitation. We are so grateful and love you all!! It’s been a crazy year so far but us Weidmans are a force and covered in Grace and Mercy everyday! We were reminded this year how precious each day is and I am so thankful to be spending another day on earth next to my love even if it’s in a hospital room far from home. #teamweidman

The timetable for return to Weidman is unknown and, frankly, not as important as his overall long-term health and mobility. Before suffering what was ruled a TKO loss to Hall, Weidman beat Omari Akhmedov by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik last August.