Silva Breaks Leg

December 30, 2013 by  

Silva Breaks Leg, These words, uttered by the announcers calling Saturday night’s highly anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, captured the moment perfectly. Oh. My. God.

In the second round, Silva kicked Weidman with his left leg. Weidman raised his own left leg to block Silva. When the limbs collided, the lower part of Silvas leg snapped like a stick. That ended the fight, revolted everyone watching it live and ruined Sunday morning for those who caught the clip. Silva went straight into surgery; the career of the UFC’s all-time greatest fighter is now in jeopardy.

Over the past 15 years, the UFC has largely shed its image as human cockfighting, the label Senator John McCain once gave mixed martial arts. That comment didnt stop the UFCs meteoric climb up the U.S. sports hierarchy. It has largely replaced boxing as the sport that most satisfies our bloodlust.

So this horrific injury is a disaster for the sport. It happened on one of the most important nights in UFC history. This was Silva-Weidman, the sequel, which UFC president Dana White called the biggest fight weve ever done. Five months ago, Weidman shocked the UFC world by knocking out Silva, who had never lost a UFC bout and was champion for seven years. Fight fans were thirsting for a rematch, and got their wish (one reason to prefer mixed martial arts over boxing: the important fights actually happen. Imagine that, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao).

Plus, the sports most ascendant star, Ronda Rousey, was also on the UFC 168 card. She beat rival Miesha Tate earlier in the evening. Rousey surely drew curious eyeballs ” eyeballs that wished they were closed for Silva-Weidman.

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