There is new information on the injury front for former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Following his fight against Brad Tavares where he took significant leg damage, Weidman was in a wheelchair and UFC President Dana White called for his retirement. The fight against Tavares was the first for Weidman since he suffered a horrible broken leg injury against Uriah Hall in April of 2021.
This week, the former champion provided an update on his health during his radio show ‘Won’t Back Down Radio‘ on Sirius XM and revealed that he did not suffer any ligament damage, but he does have a leg fracture in his left leg.
Dropping a quick excerpt from Monday’s @MMAOnSiriusXM podcast to give everyone an update on my 🦵.
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) August 30, 2023
“I got MRIs done on my tibia and fibulas on both legs, got MRIs on both my knees, X-rays, and I’ve been waiting for results and I got the results back. There was no ligament tears, at all. So ACL, LCL, MCL, PCL, all those Ls that you do not want to tear because that’s like six months to a year of recovery. That kept me together, the ligaments are good. What did happen to me though is, I have a fracture in my left leg.
He broke my leg with one of those leg kicks and I end up switching southpaw and figuring it out, but I’m pretty sure that’s when my leg broke. It’s on the tibia head, right below my knee is where it broke. Upper tibia bone is what’s fractured. Recovery wise, it’s not bad at all, four weeks. Four week recovery.”
The news of a four week recovery is very positive for Chris Weidman, who wasn’t in agreement with Dana White’s call for retirement. In the immediate aftermath of the fight against Tavares, the assumption was that Weidman would be out for an extended length of time, but this new health update has changed that.
Whether or not Chris Weidman will return remains to be seen, but there is good news on his injury and recovery timetable which should leave the door open if he decides to have another fight in the UFC.
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