Chris Weidman suffers horrific leg injury just seconds into UFC 261 showdown

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Chris Weidman was left in agony at UFC 261 as a checked kick by Uriah Hall resulted in a brutal broken leg for the former Middleweight Champion in Jacksonville, Florida.

The 36-year-old, who famously beat Anderson Silva following a similar injury back in back in 2013, moved to a record of 20 wins and six defeats following the unexpected blow.

As part of the main card ahead of Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman’s Welterweight Championship showdown, the bout was brought to an early halt.

While the defeated Weidman left the arena with the help of medical officials on a stretcher, Hall promised to give his foe a rematch should he return to the octagon.

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UFC pundit Ariel Helwani wrote on Twitter following the injury: “Feel sick to my stomach. No one deserves this. This is a cruel, cruel sport. Weidman is taken out on a stretcher. Really hard to see.”

With Michael Bisping writing: “Holy s***! What a crazy world we live in. You couldn’t write it.

“My wife and I screamed so loud on the replay that the dogs are going mental.”

Weidman told MMA Fighting before the bout: “I think this is a great fight.

“It’s a good opportunity for me to display my skills against an athletic striker.

“It just so happens that the champion in our weight class is an athletic striker, Israel [Adesanya], so I want to just put out there a little bit of a blueprint what would happen if I fight Israel.

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  • “There’s more to this fight than me and Uriah Hall. I really want to make a statement in this fight. I see myself going out there and completely dominating Uriah Hall.

    “Making a big statement. Letting people know that I am still here, there’s just some people that might have forgot that I’m a problem.”

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