It was one of the biggest "breaks" in the history of UFC championship fights.
After losing his middleweight belt in shocking fashion to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, Brazilian superstar Anderson Silva looked to reclaim his supremacy in the rematch at UFC 168.
Despite losing the first round badly, Silva came out in the second round with urgency, trying to stop the forward advancement of Weidman by throwing a barrage of kicks. But it was the kick thrown about a minute into the second round that will go down as perhaps the most gruesome injury anybody has ever seen in the Octagon.
Appearing on Huffington Post Live recently, Weidman said at the time the injury occurred he thought Silva bruised his shin as it is a common injury while sparring in training camp.
"It ended up that his leg was broke. I didn't realize, I did a little circle around the ring because I knew I won, the ref called it off. And then I went over to where he was at and I just hear screaming and yelling and I'm like, what the heck? And I look over and I see him holding his leg together."
Although photos of the leg break were widely circulated after the event, Weidman revealed he's never actually gone back and watched the moment it breaks in the video. And who could blame him?
"You know what's funny, I don't think I've ever actually watched it. I've seen pictures. People always, you know, especially right after, you get these pictures and they have these crazy, what do you call them, memes. All different things and I just, when I actually watched the video I think I might have closed my eyes when it actually happens. I don't think I've ever seen it either."
The consecutive wins over Silva cemented Weidman's status as the 185-pound champion, putting to rest most of the claims his first victory over the "Spider" was nothing more than a "fluke."
But Weidman said it was hard to be happy in the immediate moments of victory while Silva was writhing in agony. He even apologized for what was, essentially, a legal leg check.
"I definitely said I'm sorry, I'm sorry this happened."
Things have gone downhill for Silva since then, testing positive for banned substances at UFC 183 and receiving a one-year suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That suspension is nearly up, however, and the leg appears to be fully healed from that horrible night.
As for Weidman, he's got bigger fish to fry when in seven days he takes on Luke Rockhold to attempt a fourth defense of his title at UFC 194.