VIDEO: UFC Legend Anderson Silva Shares an Emotional Moment with Chris Weidman

Published 06/18/2021, 11:47 PM EDT


UFC middleweight Chris Weidman sat down with former rival Anderson Silva on his new show ‘Won’t Back Down’. Weidman recently suffered a harrowing injury that was eerily similar to the one suffered by Anderson Silva when they fought. Weidman retained his middleweight world title back in 2013 when Silva snapped his leg early in the second round.

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Over seven years later, ‘The All-American’ snapped his leg against Uriah Hall at UFC 261 in April 2021.

In a sit-down with Silva, Chris Weidman got candid and shared his views on what transpired when both men fought. Weidman expressed regret about the injury incident to ‘The Spider’ who in turn graciously accepted Weidman’s apology.

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“The first thing that popped into my head when I broke my leg, as soon as I hit the ground… My leg looked like Anderson Silva. Like what the hell, there’s no way that’s my leg right now, then all of a sudden the pain is coming in. And I remember when it happened with you… I circle around and I remember I heard this screaming, like someone was being murdered and I came over and seen you holding your leg… As time went on, I tried to get in touch with you that week.”

“I felt terrible about it…I understand the pain you went through, all the trials and tribulations. It just makes me empathize with you so much more with those situations. To be honest, I’ve never even said this out loud, it’s been on my mind really since it happened but I want to apologize to you because there’s been times afterward where I felt terrible and everything. Our fights were so crazy.”

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Chris Weidman: Bouncing back from adversity

From his recent sit-down interaction, it’s clear that Weidman has been doing a lot of reflection about his recent situation. He is determined to make a comeback from his injury and has already been invested in the rehabilitation process.

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The journey back to the cage is expected to be a long one and Weidman is bracing himself for the climb. Chiefly, it’s hard to bounce back from the injury he suffered. However, he’ll take solace in the fact that his former rival bounced back and had a successful career despite suffering the same injury.

Fans will be on the lookout to see when Chris Weidman makes his way back to active competition.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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