Chris Weidman is out of surgery and recovering in hospital after his horrific leg break at UFC 261.
Weidman’s wife Marivi posted an update on her Instagram page, along with a photo of the former middleweight champion.
“Well that was horrible. Freak things happen in life and plans get crushed. It’s been a lonnnggg day but so happy to finally see this man of mine post surgery,” she wrote.
“Everything went well thank you Lord!”
Weidman’s gruesome injury sent shockwaves around the sports world yesterday, when what appeared to be a routine leg kick to the shin of his opponent Uriah Hall resulted in a broken fibula and tibia.
“My heart breaks for my husband because I know the work and dedication that he puts into his training everyday and the great man that he is, so I only want the best for him,” Marivi Weidman wrote.
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“While this absolutely sucks in the moment and for some weeks to come, we are completely overwhelmed by the love and support we have far and wide and are very aware how blessed we are.
“All of that overpowers the awfulness of this situation. We are blown away by our friends and family offering to hop on flights to come help us without hesitation. We are so grateful and love you all!!”
It was just one of several talking points in an action-packed main card, which unfortunately also included Aussie fighter Jimmy Crute suffering a similar, albeit slightly less devastating leg injury to Weidman.
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Weidman will likely be on the sidelines for at least a year.
“It’s been a crazy year so far but us Weidmans are a force and covered in Grace and Mercy everyday!” His wife said.
“We were reminded this year how precious each day is and I am so thankful to be spending another day on earth next to my love even if it’s in a hospital room far from home.”