Chris Weidman’s return from a brutal leg injury suffered at UFC 261 is going to be a very long process, but at least the former UFC middleweight champion is finally smiling as his recovery picks back up.
Weidman injured his leg in a main card matchup with Uriah Hall at UFC 261 this past April. The two fighters barely exchanged any strikes before Weidman launched a leg kick that landed perfectly on Hall’s leg and snapped Weidman’s shin in two. The injury is one of the worst you can suffer inside of the Octagon and Weidman is finding that out the hard way.
Luckily, the UFC veteran is a fighter at heart. While Weidman’s career already seemed to be on the down swing the 36-year-old is going to battle tooth-and-nail to heal his leg and make a memorable return to action. It’s easier said than done, but Weidman seems to be making incredible progress with his recovery.
Earlier this month, a video surfaced that saw Weidman walking using an anti-gravity treadmill. It was incredible to see just a few weeks removed from the injury. Now, a few weeks later, Weidman’s recovery has picked up even more. The former UFC champion has progressed so well that he’s already walking on his own. Check it out above.
“I’m walking on my own! Big day baby!! Thanks for all the love and support. Inspired by you all,” wrote Weidman via Instagram.
There have been a few fighters to return from an injury like this, including Weidman’s former rival, Anderson Silva, so the odds of Weidman making a full recovery and fighting gain are pretty solid. This is assuming he can continue to safely ramp up his recovery efforts without suffering any setbacks.
Mania will continue to provide updates on Weidman’s status moving forward.