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Anderson Silva was dominated by Chris Weidman before breaking his leg during the fight's second round.

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Anderson Silva was dominated by Chris Weidman before breaking his leg during the fight's second round.

LAS VEGAS — Anderson Silva remained in a Las Vegas hospital Sunday following successful surgery to repair a broken leg he suffered trying to regain the UFC’s middleweight title.

During Saturday night’s fight, Silva threw a kick that was checked by champion Chris Weidman 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.

Following Silva’s surgery, the UFC issued a statement saying UFC 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.

From UFC: "Following Saturday evening’s UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon, 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..."

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. In the second, he checked a Silva low kick — leading to one of the most gruesome injuries in MMA history.

Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) immediately collapsed to the canvas, yelling out in pain as referee Herb Dean waved the fight off.

"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."

Questions will be raised about Silva’s future, whether he can eventually return from such an injury or if this fight was effectively a retirement bout.

Meanwhile, for Ronda Rousey, one streak ended but another remained intact.

Living up to her reputation as the world’s nastiest arm collector, Ronda Rousey again stopped Miesha Tate with an armbar to retain her UFC women’s bantamweight title — though Tate became the first woman to make it out of the first round against the champ.

The stoppage for Rousey came 58 seconds into the third round.

Rousey (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Tate (13-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) have displayed arguably as much disdain for each other as any pair in MMA history, let alone women’s MMA history.

Referee Mario Yamasaki told the pair to touch gloves before the fight, but there was no chance of that — which would be a sign of things to come about 12 minutes later.

After the finish, Tate extended a hand in Rousey’s direction, but Rousey turned and walked away — as the crowd booed emphatically.

— USA Today

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 30, 2013 C10

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