Chris Weidman has suffered another setback as the former champ is set to have another operation on his injured right leg
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Chris Weidman has revealed the fibula bone in his right leg is not healing properly after undergoing surgery in April, meaning the former UFC champ will have to go under the knife again.
Weidman suffered a horrifying leg break against Uriah Hall just 17 seconds into their fight at UFC 261 in April. The former UFC middleweight champion had surgery straight away and was told by doctors that he wouldn’t be able to train for six to twelve months.
The road to recovery was going well for Weidman, who returned to light training just seven weeks after his surgery. However, ‘The All American’ recently was told some bad news by doctors regarding his injury.
“I’m actually getting another surgery, I just found out. I’m getting another surgery, most likely on Aug. 11,” Weidman told Sirius XM.
“They’re going to have to plate the fibula bone because I guess it’s considered a non-union so the bones aren’t healing the way it’s supposed to, which kind of sucks. But I did expect setbacks and some issues with this type of traumatic injury.
“I’ve been through a lot. At the end of the day, I’m a positive person to begin with. Not that I don’t have moments of negativity and just laziness, lack of motivation but I’m usually a glass half-full type of person. So I think that helps.”
It’s disappointing news for Weidman, but it doesn’t come as surprising. He told MMA Fighting in June that despite his progress he wouldn’t be surprised if he was called back into the surgery room.
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The 37-year-old has only picked up two wins in the UFC since losing his middleweight title back in 2015. Weidman is still confident he can make a return to the octagon in the near future.
And on his injury, Weidman said last month: “My fibula bone is still completely broken. It’s displaced. The goal is it starts getting closer and closer and mends together.
“Then my tibia bone is completely fractured so I’m relying on that rod that is going through the middle of it to deal with the weight bearing.
“There’s a butterfly fracture that fragmented off that causes inflammation. It’s annoying. He might — hopefully he doesn’t, but he might — have to do a quick surgery to get that out if it doesn’t heal with the tibia bone.”
After a failed bid at light heavyweight in which he was KO’d by Dominick Reyes, Weidman returned to middleweight last August to defeat Omari Akhmedov by decision.
His leg break loss to Hall was almost a carbon copy of Anderson Silva’s leg break against Weidman back in December 2013.