UFC 168 was a memorable night (Dec. 28, 2013) for all of the wrong reasons.
It was supposed to cap off a tremendous year for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that saw champions fall and new champions crowned. One of the biggest cards in the promotion's history, the main event featured a rematch between UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and former division kingpin Anderson Silva.
The first bout was arguably the biggest upset in mixed martial arts (MMA) history as Weidman shocked the world by knocking out "The Spider" in the second round.
Fans expected fireworks for the rematch. Instead, what they got was a bout that ended because of a gruesome injury. Little more than one minute into the second round, Weidman checked a Silva leg kick. It's a technique that's pretty common in Muay Thai and MMA ... and one that rarely ends a fight.
"Rarely" being the qualifier as Silva's shin snapped in half when it connected with Weidman's knee. Just like that, the most anticipated rematch of 2013 ended in disappointment.
Friday night (Jan. 10, 2014), UFC President Dana White sent out a photo saying that Silva's leg is not only healing fast, but that the former champ will be walking without crutches in the next 30 days.
While the news is great that Silva is recovering well, it's still pretty unlikely he'll attempt a return to the sport. Past athletes who have suffered similar injuries have discussed the pains they face every single day, some years after retiring from competition.
Silva has a long road ahead of him. It's good to see the promotion is firmly behind him.