UFC star Chris Weidman reveals he could still have his leg AMPUTATED following horror injury against Uriah Hall at UFC 261 in AprilChris Weidman has revealed that he could yet still have a leg amputation Weidman opened his middleweight fight with Uriah Hall with a leg kick The American’s leg suddenly snapped upon impact in a brutal MMA injury Pre-surgery X-ray image released by Weidman showed he broke it in two placesHe says amputation could still occur unless the blood flow returns completely
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has revealed that he could yet still have a leg amputation following his horror injury in April.
Weidman is still recovering after a horror incident inside the Octagon in which his leg shattered just 17 seconds into his fight against Uriah Hall at UFC 261.
The sporting world winced as Weidman fell to the floor with his leg contorted, as medical staff flooded in to assist. Now, two months on from the incident, he has outlined where he is at with his recovery process.
Weidman (right) broke his leg on his first leg kick against Uriah Hall (left) at UFC 261
The American was stretched away from the octagon in tears after the devastating defeat
‘There’s still a lot of things I’m going to have to deal with. Even taking out that piece of bone that’s floating in there, that’s the most minimal thing I’m thinking about but it’s something,’ he told MMMfighting.com.
‘The blood supply coming back to my leg completely is the big thing — I’m not even worried about it but that would be the biggest issue.
‘That would mean amputation. So let’s just keep praying that I get full blood supply back
‘That’s exactly what happened to my thumb. I have a hip bone that’s in this thumb right here because bone did deteriorate and blood supply did not come back after I fought Kelvin Gastelum.
Weidman (pictured left) revealed a gruesome X-ray image of his double leg break before he had successful surgery on the horror injury
‘The tibia bone is the most likely bone not to take and to have issues getting blood supply coming back after breaking it. I figured I kicked it as hard as I can, and I know I kicks hard, so it’s a very traumatic fracture.
‘That being said, I think I’m good. The doctor said he thinks there is some healing going on in there and there’s some rebuilding of bone, so that’s a very good sign.’
In the days following the incident, Weidman had posted a picture of his X-ray scan online, for fans to see the extent of the damage.
The 36-year-old also released X-ray images of his leg after he had surgery, showing the metal pins that are now in place to hold the bones together
Weidman is one of the many stars to have spent a huge amount of time in the treatment room, as the graphic above illustrates: Courtesy of 888.sport/MMA
His wife also put out an emotional statement, praising Weidman and insisting they felt blessed to receive widespread support.
She said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Weidman had actually given huge encouragement to the MMA community after going on to post an incredible video of himself walking without crutches, just 35 days after the gruesome double break.
Weidman has made huge progress in his recovery and is now walking without crutches – but admits the blood circulation in his leg is still being monitored
In an Instagram post he said he was told by doctors that it would be ‘eight weeks until I can walk without crutches and stuff and drive and all that.’
But in a video posted on his Twitter account, the New York-born fighter showed he is incredibly walking again already and accompanying the video wrote: ‘I’m walking on my own! Big day baby!! Thanks for all the love and support.
‘Inspired by you all.’
Now, Weidman continues his recovery while medical teams assess the function of his leg and measure the return of blood circulation to its previous level.
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