UFC 168 results: Anderson Silva's broken leg will likely force 'The Spider' to retire

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We may have seen the last of former 185-pound champion Anderson Silva, thanks to a gruesome leg injury suffered in the main event of his UFC 168 title fight against Chris Weidman last night in Las Vegas.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva won't be boxing Roy Jones Jr.re-matching Vitor Belfort or participating in a trilogy against Chris Weidman.

In fact, he won't even be walking for the foreseeable future.

That's because "The Spider" snapped his leg in half when the "All American" checked an incoming leg kick (see the pic here), which took place in the second round of their 185-pound title fight at last night's UFC 168 pay-per-view (PPV) inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Silva went full Corey Hill (pic).

The difference here, is that Silva will soon be 39 years old and has been competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) for over 15 years. The wear and tear on his body up until this point -- coupled with a knockout loss to Weidman last July -- will likely spell the end of his combat sports career.

Probably for the best.

Prior to breaking his leg in the second stanza, Silva (33-6) was getting dominated in the opening frame (see our results and live play-by-play here). Weidman was able to hurt him in the clinch and very nearly finished him off with ground-and-pound when the fight hit the floor. Herb Dean, as expected, was in no hurry to wave him off.

After everything he's accomplished in the sport, you don't wave off Anderson Silva unless he's out cold.

In victory, Weidman moves on to fight the aforementioned Belfort in 2014. "The Phenom" has been able to re-establish himself as division number one contender, but is one of "The Spider's" many victims across an incredible 16-fight winning streak that started with Chris Leben's destruction back in 2006.

At the risk of sounding cliche, he was our Michael Jordan.

That said, Jordan did lace 'em up and come back to play in his forties, which is something that Silva may choose to do if he's able to overcome one of the grisliest injuries in all of contact sports. It has been done before and will no doubt be done again, but the athlete must have the desire to climb the highest of mountains.

I'm not sure Silva still has that drive.

Nevertheless, this is likely the last we've seen of the former champ. If not forever, at least for the next year or so. And despite the way things ended in "Sin City," there's no arguing that Silva is the greatest MMA fighter of all time. Unfortunately, he was unable to go out on his terms.

Those are the breaks.

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