Anderson Silva’s remarkable mixed martial arts career likely came to an end on Saturday in a rematch with Chris Weidman when he gruesomely broke his left leg throwing a kick.
The former champion, Silva was throwing a kick at Weidman in the early stages of the second round. The kick landed and it appeared as Silva’s left leg snapped just above the ankle.
Weidman won by technical knockout at 1:16 of the second round in the main event of UFC 168 at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden.
The injury was reminiscent of a gruesome broken leg suffered by Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann in a game against the New York Giants.
Weidman dominated Silva in the first round, nearly knocking Silva out with a right hand that sent Silva’s eyes rolling back in his head. Weidman landed a series of elbows from the top and controlled the round, but was not able to finish Silva.