Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Chris Weidman retained his belt after former long time champion Brazilian Anderson Silva suffered a freak injury in the second round of their main event bout in the UFC 168 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas USA.
Silva, the longest reigning middleweight champion with 10 title defenses in almost seven years, snapped his shin with 1:16 left in the second round after attempting a kick that resulted to Weidman’s technical knockout victory.
Silva (33-6 win-loss record) took the fight seriously this time after being knocked out last year, but Weidman still delivered vicious blows to Silva in the early round.
Silva retaliated in the early part of second round before the fight came to surprising end.
The injury could end Silva’s mixed martial arts career.
The unbeaten American Weidman improved to a 11-0 record.
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defended her belt against Miesha Tate with her eighth armbar submission win.
JOSEF T. RAMOS