The official website of UFC spoke with the doctor who did the surgery on the former middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva after his horrific injury and successful surgery. Of course the injury happened at UFC 168 against middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
When the Nevada state commission rushed Anderson Silva to the hospital, Dr. Steven Sanders was the man to fix his leg that had been broken.
Sanders said “so when the injury occurred, seeing it, the only question I had in my mind was ‘how low down on the leg was the fracture?’ Because depending on the level of the fracture, influences my thinking as to what type of orthopedic device I’m going to need to fix it. But the minute it occurred, I’m sitting there going ‘that’s fixable.’”
When the injury happened, it was a simple leg kick that got checked by Weidman. We have all seen this move done a thousand times.
The key thing to take out of this article is this. It looks like The Spider” is not going to retire. Silva asked the doctor “When can I train again?” after his surgery. All reports looks to be around 6-9 months which is not too bad since the great fighter only fights twice a year.
The fight was okay going into the second round, but when the injury happened it seemed like he would never fight again. I believe it looked worse than it really was. Even though it looked like it hurt and I’m sure it did. Ouch!
As Anderson Silva is out for the next series of months, Chris Weidman looks to take on Vitor Belfort. The fight is not set in stone as far as a date goes, but rumor has it looking around May or April.