UFC middleweight champion (up to 84 kg), New Zealander Israel Adesanya, who tries not to miss the promotion tournaments in his spare time, reacted very emotionally to the severe injury of American ex-champion Chris Weidman in a fight with compatriot Uriah Hall, which took place last weekend in the United States.
Israel Adesanya’s reaction to Weidman breaking his leg 😂 pic.twitter.com/qL4j2Kgqo4— ᴀʀᴛᴏꜰᴡᴀʀ🗿🏝 (@MiracleMMA__) April 27, 2021
Earlier in the interview, Weidman commented on the incident, and also posted an X-ray of the fracture, because of which he, apparently, will not perform this year.
“Trying to find the blessing in disguise and silver lining,” Weidman said. “Honestly, as soon as it happened and I hit the floor, seeing what happened to my leg and the pain started hitting me, I was just trying to put my mind on something positive and coming out of this. I’m hopeful that’s the thing that’s gonna come out of it that’s good. This is not fun. I can’t believe what happened.”
“It’s pretty brutal, but I’m gonna get through this. I think it’s gonna be eight weeks until I could walk without crutches and stuff and drive and all that. And then as far as actual training, I don’t know,” Weidman said. “They said between six and 12 months I’ll be good to go. …
“Surgery was successful. They put a titanium rod through the tibia. So they go through the knee, and they take the rod and they drill it through the tibia to make it straight and hard. My fibula was broken, as well, but I guess when they put the tibia back together and my leg was straight, the fibula kind of matched back up to where it was broken, and they feel that could heal on its own as long as I’m not putting weight on it and stuff.”