“UFC Didn’t Show It” – Former Champion Chris Weidman Reveals That Dana White & Co. Hid the True Impact of Leg Break From the Public

Published 08/17/2023, 9:14 AM EDT

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To become a successful UFC fighter, one has to put their body on the line and then has to put it through grueling punishment. While injuries are common, some are more severe than others. Middleweight fighter Chris Weidman suffered a horrifying injury back in 2021 that forced him to spend some time away from the cage.

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Two years later, the Middleweight fighter is looking to make his long-awaited return to the UFC Octagon this weekend. He will fight Brad Tavares in a Middleweight bout at UFC 292 on August 19. In a recent interview, the former champion opened up on the injury that caused a major setback in his career. The injury, according to him, was worse than what Conor McGregor suffered.

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Middleweight fighter Chris Weidman is a tough man to rattle. However, at UFC 261, something happened that shook and scarred Weidman.

At UFC 261, Weidman was engaged in a flurry of exchanges with Uriah Hall. He threw a leg kick at Hall’s calf, which was checked by the latter. This caused Weidman’s shin to snap in half. The 39-year-old had to spend two years away from the sport and is now looking to make his return to the Octagon at UFC 292 to fight Brad Tavares.

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In a recent interview, Weidman opened up on his injury being compared to that of Conor McGregor. “Every leg break is very different. Obviously, mine was way worse.“, he said. He then promised that the fans and the whole world would actually get to see how bad it really was. “You guys will see, actually, that angle that the UFC hasn’t shown to anybody.“. In short, Weidman claimed that UFC President Dana White and the top brass at UFC refused to show the real impact of the injury since it was quite macabre. 

He then went on to give a brief description of the injury he suffered and said that a documentary scheduled for a December release would give the audience the full picture. “You’ll actually see the bones come out of my leg. The blood and all that stuff. The UFC didn’t show it because it’s pretty damn gory but for the documentary that’s coming out in December, you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of a really nasty injury. The worst injury of all time.

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Later in the interview, Weidman mentioned that he is still looking to dominate Tavares with leg kicks as he is unafraid of testing and pushing his limits.

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In 2021, another renowned fighter had to walk away from the sport owing to a similar leg injury. Former UFC Lightweight champ Conor McGregor’s leg gave way as he took a back step in his rubber match against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Poirier was declared the winner by TKO and the UFC medical staff carried away Conor McGregor with more than just shattered dreams.

According to Weidman, he had reached out to McGregor and offered help but there was no response from the Irishman. McGregor’s documentary that was released on Netflix showed the injury that he had suffered.

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However, although there is no footage of the injury that Weidman suffered, apparently, his was way worse as his bone penetrated his skin, muscles, nerves, and tissues. However, the good news is that Weidman is back to competing professionally and plans on showing no signs of weakness.

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Additionally, the latest news suggests that Conor McGregor might also make his return to the UFC Octagon this year. Will these UFC titans be able to return to their best after these injuries? Or will his injuries get the better of them? Fans will get the answer for Weidman’s case this Saturday.

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Arghyadeep Ghosh

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Arghyadeep is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His love for combat sports dates back to the WWF. Being a 90’s kid, he grew up fascinated by showmanship, competitive fighting, and wrestling.
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