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Weidman defends UFC belt when Silva injures leg

Chris Weidman retains UFC middleweight title after Anderson Silva's grotesque leg injury

Miesha Tate, top, of Yakima, Wash., punches to Ronda Rousey of Venice, Calif., during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout du...
Ronda Rousey, left, of Venice, Calif., holds Miesha Tate of Yakima, Wash., during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts women's bantamweight title fight on S...
Chris Weidman of Baldwin, N.Y., celebrates after defeating Anderson Silva, of Brazil, during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship ...
Anderson Silva, right, of Brazil, prepares to kick Chris Weidman of Baldwin, N.Y., during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bou...

UFC 168 Mixed Martial Arts

Miesha Tate, top, of Yakima, Wash., punches to Ronda Rousey of Venice, Calif., during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout du...

UFC 168 Mixed Martial Arts

Ronda Rousey, left, of Venice, Calif., holds Miesha Tate of Yakima, Wash., during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts women's bantamweight title fight on S...

UFC 168 Mixed Martial Arts

Chris Weidman of Baldwin, N.Y., celebrates after defeating Anderson Silva, of Brazil, during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship ...

UFC 168 Mixed Martial Arts

Anderson Silva, right, of Brazil, prepares to kick Chris Weidman of Baldwin, N.Y., during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bou...

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Chris Weidman defended his UFC middleweight title when Anderson Silva apparently broke his left leg on a kick in the second round, ending UFC 168 with a horrific injury Saturday night.

Weidman (11-0) quietly celebrated his victory while medical personnel tended to Silva (33-6), whose left shin bent grotesquely while landing a kick on Weidman's left leg 1:16 into the round.

Weidman, who earned his belt with an upset victory over the long-reigning champion in July, also dominated the first round of the rematch.

Ronda Rousey retained her bantamweight title in the UFC's year-end event, submitting Miesha Tate with a third-round arm bar. Rousey then walked away from her bitter rival's offer of a post-fight handshake, earning ferocious boos from the MGM Grand Garden crowd.


Updated : 2021-05-08 00:53 GMT+08:00