Chris Weidman reveals ‘worst case scenario’ amputation fears following gruesome double break at UFC 261 as ex-middleweight champion provides injury update eight days after surgery
- Chris Weidman has given an injury update after his gruesome double leg break
- The former middleweight champion suffered a freak injury at UFC 261 in April
- Weidman, 36, says he fears his leg may be amputated following the injury
- The American remains positive that won’t be the case after undergoing surgery
Chris Weidman has opened up on his ‘worst case scenario’ amputation fears following his gruesome double break at UFC 261 last month.
The former middleweight champion’s bout against Uriah Hall was waved off after Weidman broke his right tibia and fibula following a leg kick thrown in the opening exchange by the American.
Weidman, 36, was stretchered out of the octagon and underwent surgery where a titanium rod and four screws were inserted into his leg to help treat the injury.
Chris Weidman has revealed fears over a possible amputation following his gruesome injury
The 36-year-old suffered a double leg break during his fight with Uriah Hall at UFC 261
Messages of support from the MMA community have flooded in for The All-American following his injury in Jacksonville, Florida, and the 36-year-old took to Instagram to reveal concerns over a possible amputation of his leg.
‘I was pretty scared about this pain because I’m thinking about the worst-case scenarios,’ he said.
‘Worst-care scenario is that the blood supply doesn’t come back to my bone and doesn’t take, which would mean possible amputation.’
The All-American was taken to hospital and underwent surgery on the horror injury in April
Weidman revealed that he faced a similar conundrum following his fight with Kelvin Gastelum in July 2017 after sustaining an injury to his thumb.
‘I had that happen to my thumb after I fought Kelvin Gastelum,’ he explained.
‘I had a surgery for a ligament that tore after throwing a left hook on him and then about eight weeks after surgery they realised that the blood supply to that bone, it was such a concussive shot that the blood supply wasn’t coming back.
‘So they had to take my whole bone out and put my hip bone inside there because the (thumb) bone was just deteriorating and dying.
And Weidman said there is a slim possibility of an amputation, but he is remaining positive
‘So if that happened to my shin bone – my tibia or my fibula – I don’t know what would happen. Amputation, prosthetic leg, all that. So that scares me, and I’m praying and positive that’s not going to happen.
‘But that’s just a possibility. I’ve spoken to a doctor about it. Tibias have the worst percentages of taking and healing properly after surgery. It’s not a bad percentage, it’s like five per cent. So that’s scary.’
Weidman added that he has been feeling numbness in his foot and toes, eight days after undergoing surgery following the injury.