Back in late April, Chris Weidman became the center of attention on the mixed martial arts community after the former UFC Middleweight champion suffered a gruesome leg fracture during his UFC 261 clash against Uriah Hall.
After staying almost two months in the hospital, Weidman is slowly getting back into light training and while medical experts suggest his complete recovery may take almost twelve months, the fighter himself has shown hope to get back into the Octagon as soon as he can.
Weidman eager to get full blood supply back in his leg- to prevent the limb from deteriorating
While he is on the path of making a quick and full recovery, Weidman does know the worst possible turnout from the injury- a leg amputation.
“There’s still a lot of things I’m going to have to deal with. Even taking out that piece of bone that’s floating in there, that’s the most minimal thing I’m thinking about but it’s something,” the 37-year-old spoke to MMAFighting.com, “The blood supply coming back to my leg completely is the big thing — I’m not even worried about it but that would be the biggest issue. That would mean amputation. So let’s just keep praying that I get full blood supply back.”
The reason why Weidman is worried about the blood supply is the similar ailment that happened in his thumb after injuring it against Kevin Gastelum, which caused deterioration of his thumb.
“That’s exactly what happened to my thumb. I have a hip bone that’s in this thumb right here because bone did deteriorate and blood supply did not come back after I fought Kelvin Gastelum. The tibia bone is the most likely bone not to take and to have issues getting blood supply coming back after breaking it. I figured I kicked it as hard as I can, and I know I kicks hard, so it’s a very traumatic fracture.”
However, the veteran is confident in the progress he has made so far and the word from the doctor who has also indicated the broken bone is starting to heal itself.
“That being said, I think I’m good. The doctor said he thinks there is some healing going on in there and there’s some rebuilding of bone, so that’s a very good sign,” Weidman added.
In his rematch against Hall, Weidman had attempted a heavy low kick on Hall, who checked back with his left knee, causing a fracture in the tibia and fibula of Weidman’s right leg. After the fight was stopped at the 17-second mark of the first round and Hall was awarded a win by technical knockout, Weidman was rushed to a hospital for surgery.
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