This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is on the road to recovery after his horrific injury sustained at UFC 261.
Weidman broke his leg after Uriah Hall checked his early leg kick just 17 seconds into their middleweight main card bout in Jacksonville on Saturday night.
The injury was one of the worst seen inside the octagon, and was eerily similar to the injury sustained by former champion Anderson Silva when he fought Weidman at UFC 168 in December 2013.
Weidman was treated inside the octagon by medical professionals, who stabilised the injury and immediately transported him to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery to reset and pin his tibia and fibula.
After the successful surgery, Weidman posted an update to his fans on social media as he shared before and after X-ray shots of his broken leg.
The pics showed the extent of the double break he sustained, with both the tibia and fibula completely snapped.
The after pics showed a number of screws and metal rods had been inserted into his leg to help aid his recovery.
“Special thanks to Dr. Gitlin for performing a successful surgery and being so helpful during the entire process,” he posted.
“Also, a big thank you to Dr. Davidson from the @ufc for making sure I was taken care of properly and speaking to these doctors on my behalf.
“It made me feel so much better having him involved because I know he had my back.
“The primary concern is the bone punctured through my calf and skin when I put my weight on it, making sure the laceration doesn’t get infected.”
While Weidman was recovering in hospital his wife Marivi posted her own update to Instagram, saying, “Well that was horrible.
“Freak things happen in life and plans get crushed. It’s been a lonnnggg day but so happy to finally see this man of mine post surgery. Everything went well thank you Lord!
“Very thankful for the medical staff, UFC family @danawhite @reedharrisufc #allieraimondo, our management team @vaynersports @sarahzemonek and our family and friends here rallying to help with the kids.
“My heart breaks for my husband because I know the work and dedication that he puts into his training everyday and the great man that he is, so I only want the best for him.
“While this absolutely sucks in the moment and for some weeks to come, we are completely overwhelmed by the love and support we have far and wide and are very aware how blessed we are. All of that overpowers the awfulness of this situation.
“We are blown away by our friends and family offering to hop on flights to come help us without hesitation. We are so grateful and love you all!!
“It’s been a crazy year so far but us Weidmans are a force and covered in Grace and Mercy everyday! We were reminded this year how precious each day is and I am so thankful to be spending another day on earth next to my love even if it’s in a hospital room far from home.”