MMA is a violent sport where injuries are common, but sometimes a fighter can sustain a blow that really makes you wince – just ask Chris Weidman.
Weidman suffered a horrific leg-break in the opening seconds of his UFC 261 bout with Uriah Hall when he attempted to throw the first strike of night.
The fight was stopped immediately for Weidman to receive treatment and he was eventually stretchered from the Octagon, hopefully to make a full recovery.
Weidman’s injury is just the latest in a long ling of terrible injuries sustained by MMA stars – and we’ve rounded up the five most horrific of all-time.
Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen at UFC 159
Jon Jones was a 25-year-old in his prime when he came up against 36-year-old journeyman Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 in 2013.
The younger man showed his class to win via a first round TKO, but at a gruesome cost, dislocating his toe in the process.
He was still able to conduct a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, with Rogan complimenting the winner on his steely demeanour.
“You are a true champion for even attempting to make this work, while you deal with one of the nastiest foot injuries I’ve ever seen,” Rogan said.
Alistair Overeem's lip vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC on ESPN
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Jairzinho Rozenstruik left Alistair Overeem with a sickening torn lip after catching him with a ferocious right-hand in 2019.
Overeem has since undergone plastic surgery to repair the damage and thankfully his lip now looks much, much better.
Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman at UFC 168
One of the most infamous MMA injuries of all-time remains Anderson Silva’s gut-wrenching leg-break sustained against Weidman himself.
Silva was still in his prime when he attempted to reclaim his middleweight title at UFC 168 having lost it to Weidman six months previous.
In the second round of their rematch, Silva threw one of his trademark kicks, but it was so expertly blocked that it actually broke his shin.
TV viewers everywhere watched in horror as Silva’s leg folded to the side and the fight was immediately stopped.
Corey Hill vs Dale Hartt at UFC Fight Night 16
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There’s something about leg injuries – and a leg not pointing the way it’s supposed to – that just makes for chilling viewing.
Corey Hill snapped his tibia and fibula when he attempted a leg kick against Dale Hartt at UFC Fight Night 16.
The result saw his leg bend to more than one unnatural angle as he fell to the ground in agony.
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Hill spoke about the moment he realised the severity of his injuries in hospital.
“Really, this doesn’t happen to people. No one told me this was a possibility when I started”, he said. “No one told me that things like this happen.”
"You get knocked out, or you get bruises, or you lose a couple of teeth I could deal with that."
Chris Weidman's leg break vs Uriah Hall at UFC 261
Weidman saw what it was like to suffer a horrendous leg-break against UFC 168, and on Saturday night he felt what it was like too.
The 36-year-old’s shin snapped in two after he attempted throw the first strike of the night against Hall.
Seemingly unaware of the damage that had been done from the kick, Weidman then tried to stand on his broken leg, which collapsed underneath him.
Silva was as aghast as everyone else watching on TV and took to social media to offer a message of support to his stricken opponent, writing: "My deepest and most sincere sentiments champ.
“Have faith, I wish you a speedy recovery. In this moment I wish you and your family light, love and knowledge.
“To the fans of the sport, please respect this moment of this incredible warrior and let’s wish that he is 100% very recovered soon. May God bless you and your family @chrisweidman.”
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