Mixed martial arts is a unique and tight community. Bonds are formed through blood, sweat, and tears. This time two former champions forged mutual respect through horrific leg fractures. Chris Weidman defended his belt against Anderson Silva when Silva threw a leg kick that was checked by Weidman and broke Silva’s fibula and tibia. In a freak incident, nearly the exact same injury occurred to Weidman in the opening kick against Uriah Hall in a rematch.
Weidman hosted his first Podcast episode with special guest, Anderson Silva. The episode of Won’t Back Down Podcast streamed on Weidman’s YouTube account. Check it out above.
The two former middleweight champions discuss their injury. The long Islander even apologized to Anderson Silva a couple of times. Weidman spoke about his initial reaction against Silva in their rematch. Then he mentions taking photos with fans who wanted an image of him checking their kick. The “All-American” made a point to apologize for both incidents.
Anderson Silva went ahead ensuring Weidman not to apologize and explains how fans and non-fighters can’t grasp the difficulty of their job as a fighter.
After Weidman asked numerous questions about Silva’s recovery progress, the two fighters began discussing fighter pay and how it relates to the injury. They made it clear that if neither of them had been established their careers before their injuries, they may be sitting in a different situation post-surgery.
Silva and Weidman also touched upon the celebrity boxing that has been taking place recently and the amount of money compared to UFC fighter earnings.
Watch the entire podcast to hear how the two fighters discuss important topics fighters face every day behind the scenes.
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Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).