It is a big night in the world of combat sports. On the boxing end of things, Edgar Berlanga has extended his winning streak to seventeen straight wins as he pursues a middleweight title fight. Following Berlanga, Emanuel Navarrete and Chris Diaz will fight for the WBO Featherweight Title. Elsewhere, the world of mixed martial arts is locked into the second chapter of the Kamara Usman-Jorge Masvidal feud. Coming just before the main event, Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall met in the middle of the octagon for a middleweight showdown.
Coming into Saturday’s fight, Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall had gone back forth in a war of words. Unfortunately, the two did not get to settle things in the ring. Seventeen seconds into the first round, Weidman threw a looping leg kick that resulted in a gruesome injury. With his leg nearly snapped in half, the Weidman was left writhing in pain.
“I hope he’s okay. I wish his family well if you guys are watching,” Hall told UFC President Dana White during a post-fight interview.
Hall may look to fight in a middleweight match at the end of the year. Meanwhile, the future is quite murky for Weidman. What is most important is that his leg heals fully. As for his UFC career, Weidman is 36 years old and will likely be sidelined for 1-2 years at best. The future of his career in the UFC is very much up in the air.
Our prayers are with Weidman and his family at this time.
"I hope he's okay. I wish his family well if you guys are watching."@UriahHallMMA had a classy message for Chris Weidman and his family after their fight at #UFC261 ended with an injury to Weidman's leg. pic.twitter.com/u12EWgoQaK
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 25, 2021