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The irony was unimaginable. 

Seven years after Anderson Silva suffered a similar fate against him, Chris Weidman suffered a badly broken leg in the opening seconds of his UFC 261 bout with Uriah Hall in one of the worst injuries ever seen inside of a UFC cage. The former middleweight champion was stretchered from the arena, where he underwent surgery on Sunday — which, according to an update from his wife, was a success.


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“Well that was horrible. Freak things happen in life and plans get crushed. It’s been a lonnnggg day but so happy to finally see this man of mine post surgery. Everything went well thank you Lord!” wrote Marivi Weidman on Instagram.

“Very thankful for the medical staff, UFC family @danawhite @reedharrisufc #allieraimondo, our management team @vaynersports @sarahzemonek and our family and friends here rallying to help with the kids. My heart breaks for my husband because I know the work and dedication that he puts into his training everyday and the great man that he is, so I only want the best for him.

“While this absolutely sucks in the moment and for some weeks to come, we are completely overwhelmed by the love and support we have far and wide and are very aware how blessed we are. All of that overpowers the awfulness of this situation. We are blown away by our friends and family offering to hop on flights to come help us without hesitation.

“We are so grateful and love you all!! It’s been a crazy year so far but us Weidmans are a force and covered in Grace and Mercy everyday! We were reminded this year how precious each day is and I am so thankful to be spending another day on earth next to my love even if it’s in a hospital room far from home.”