Weidman suffers rehab setback, requires another leg surgery

Chris Weidman. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman suffered a setback in his recovery from a devastating leg injury sustained at UFC 261 earlier this year.

Weidman fractured his right tibia and fibula in gruesome fashion when he threw a kick that was checked by Uriah Hall mere seconds into their April bout.

The 37-year-old was stretchered out of the cage and underwent surgery to repair the leg. Weidman had initially planned on returning to competition sometime in 2022. It’s unclear if that is still a realistic possibility.

“Sooo unfortunately I found out I have to get another surgery done on my leg but I’m staying positive and I will get through this!” Weidman wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday evening.

Weidman also posted a video blog to his YouTube channel with details from his latest visit to the doctor.

“I kind of expected setbacks to happen during this recovery process,” Weidman said in the video. “I didn’t necessarily think I’d have to get another surgery and be set back this much, but I feel like God has a plan for me and I’m gonna stay positive.”

Weidman began his mixed martial arts career on a 13-0 run that included two wins over Anderson Silva, plus title defences against fellow former champions Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort.

Since then he has gone just 2-6 with all six of his losses coming by either knockout or technical knockout, including his loss to Hall.

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