“Let’s just keep praying” – Chris Weidman fears he could still have his leg amputated


Chris Weidman had his leg snapped in half against Uriah Hall at UFC 261, earlier this year

Chris Weidman stepped into the Jacksonville Arena, Florida with many a dream. But little did he know that his fight against Uriah Hall would end in just 17 seconds.

A leg kick Weidman attempted was checked by Hall, which resulted in ‘The All American’s leg getting snapped in half.

Chris Weidman leg injury
Apr 24, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Chris Weidman (Blue Gloves) breaks his leg on a kick to the leg of Uriah Hall (Red Gloves) during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

He winced and grimaced in pain, as the officials rushed out to help him. Weidman was rushed to the hospital and was operated the very next day.

He has been recovering quite steadily albeit with occasional scares. Weidman even posted a video of himself doing some light sparring and workout at the gym.

Chris-Weidman leg injury
Chris Weidman grimaces in pain as Uriah Hall looks on at UFC 261 (Credits: Yahoo)

Despite all those, Weidman still fears a possible leg amputation. In his latest interview with MMA Fighting, he felt he had a long road ahead for his complete recovery

“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 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.” [via BJPENN.com]

Chris Weidman optimistic despite fearing leg amputation

Weidman then went on to explain something similar but less serious, that had happened during his fight against Kelvin Gastelum in 2017.

Chris Weidman is a former UFC Champion
Chris Weidman reacts after his victory over Omari Akhmedov of Russia in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘The All American’ went on to reveal that he has a hip bone in his thumb because the bone in his thumb deteriorated due to lack of blood supply following the fight against Gastelum.

Weidman was quoted as saying:

“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 kick hard, so it’s a very traumatic fracture. 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.” [via BJPENN.com]

Hope Weidman recovers soon and gets back to the Octagon.

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