Silva suspended from fighting after gruesome loss
MANILA, Philippines – Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was served a medical suspension following his gruesome loss to Chris Weidman.
Silva, who is widely considered the best in the sport, fractured his tibia and fibula in his left leg after Weidman checked his kick in their fight on Saturday, December 28. Silva immediately hit the ground, writhing in pain.
The Brazilian has since been suspended from fighting by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) according to MMAFighting.com. He needs to present an orthopedic clearance before he could fight again – otherwise, he'll serve a minimum 6-month medical suspension.
But NSAC won't need to worry about Silva attempting to return to the Octagon anytime soon.
Since the fight, Silva has been operated on, a procedure that included the insertion of a titanium rod on his leg. Doctors gave him 3-6 months to recover, and said he could train again if he chooses to in 6-9 months.
While many predict the injury marks the end of Silva's storied career, ESPN reports Silva is eager to train again, repeatedly asking his doctors before his operation when he could return to training.
The 38-year-old holds the UFC's record for consecutive victories at 16, a streak that ended in 2013, when Weidman handed him his first loss in almost 7 years. After the July knockout, Silva faced Weidman in Saturday's rematch, in an attempt to recapture his title.
A total of 10 other fighters were on UFC 168's medical suspensions list after Saturday night, with 4 others requiring orthopedic clearance before fighting. - Rappler.com