ULTIMATE Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Chris Weidman retained his belt after former champion Anderson Silva of Brazil suffered an injury in the second round of the UFC 168 held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Silva, who holds the longest reign as middleweight champion with 10 title defenses in seven years, snapped his shin with 1:16 left in the second round after attempting a kick that resulted in Weidman’s technical knockout victory.
Silva dropped to 33-6 win-loss record while the unbeaten American Weidman improved to 11-0 record.
Weidman delivered vicious blows in the early round but Silva retaliated in the second round before the fight came to a surprising end.
The injury could end Silva’s mixed martial arts career.
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, meanwhile, successfully defended her belt against Miesha Tate with her armbar submission win.