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Chris Weidman’s gruesome double fracture, which he sustained when he threw a kick into Uriah Hall at UFC 261, turned stomach and is one of the worst ever seen.
From Alistair Overeem’s gruesome lip tear to Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s alien swelling, here’s a look at some of the worst injuries hunters have suffered over the years.
Chris Weidman (right) broke his leg on his first leg kick against Uriah Hall (left) at UFC 261
Chris Weidman – Double fracture of the leg
Weidman was given a new lease of life, his family moved to South Carolina, and was ready to start one last title in his career.
But just 17 seconds after his UFC 261 clash with Uriah Hall, tragedy struck.
He landed a low kick and broke his leg in two places. The replay was only shown twice during the broadcast, so grotesque were the images of his fluttering lower leg.
It was a pure fracture of both his fibular and tibia bones, and Weidman showed the extent of the damage when he shared a pre-surgery X-ray.
It’s going to be a long way back to competition from here for the former UFC Middleweight Champion, but he’s seen firsthand how it’s possible to come back from this kind of injury …
Weidman has revealed a gruesome X-ray of his double fracture before surgery
Anderson Silva – Fracture of the leg
The shoe was on the other foot for Weidman back at UFC 168. This time it was his opponent who broke a leg after the kick was blocked.
Silva heard howling in pain and had to be taken out of the cage on a stretcher after the nauseating blow.
It was the other leg, but the same bones broke great for the UFC and it took 13 months for him to fully recover.
The fans in the arena and at home who watch the broadcast will never forget the image of Silva’s limp lower leg hanging from his shin at a strange angle.
Anderson Silva (R) suffered the same fate as Weidman against the man himself at UFC 168
As he was being carried out of the arena, he asked his coach, ‘Why did this happen to me? Why hasn’t God protected me? ‘
Fortunately, there was no damage to blood vessels or soft tissue, and breaks were clean.
He later reflected on his anxiety in the aftermath of the injury and said, ‘I was scared. I am not looking at my leg. I don’t see my leg. I just take the medicine and just sleep for two days. ‘
Belal Muhammad – Eye bag
Eye pricks are a regular occurrence in the octagon, but rarely are they so severe as to call for combat.
In March, Mohammed seized the opportunity to take on British star Leon Edwards in what was the biggest match of his career.
But it ended in disaster for both men, with Edwards accidentally poking Mohammed in the eye and doctors ruling that the underdog could not continue.
Reruns and images of the incident showed how unpleasant it was.
The American’s eye began to leak blood, and he also needed stitches. Edwards has since confirmed a feud with Nate Diaz, while Mohammed had to lick his wounds and wait for another chance.
Belal Mohammad (right) was accidentally stabbed in the bowl by Leon Edwards (left)
Mohammed was taken to hospital for treatment shortly after the fight was declared ineffective
Antonio Nogueira – Broken arm
There was something special about this one.
Frank Mir slowly wiggled the Brazilian’s arm as he secured the kimura in the first round of their UFC 140 bout and everyone knew it was coming.
For some reason, Nogueira refused to wiretap and the inevitable happened, his arm broke.
His surgeon later said: ‘The fracture started in the middle of the bone and spread to the elbow. Unfortunately, the radial nerve [one of the main nerves lending a feeling of power to the hands] was damaged.
The nerve is in the area of the fracture and the bone has compressed it. Before the operation, he had very little strength in his hand and no strength in his thumb at all.
The operation involved an incision behind the arm. The nerve was removed from the fracture site and treated. The break is fixed with a plate and 16 screws. ‘
Frank Mir twisted Antonio Nogueira’s arm at a terrible angle and broke it back at UFC 140
Joanna Jedrzejczyk – Swelling of the head
The fight was out of this world, and so was Jedrzejczyk’s head. The Polish straw weight was suffering from an alien swelling of her head.
She drove five brutal rounds with Zhang Weili and suffered a massive hematoma in the early stages of the title fight.
The injury itself resulted from an accidental headbutt, but she plowed through, anyway, to play her part in a fight for eternity and lost on the scorecards.
Unsurprisingly, Jedrzejczyk looked unrecognizable, given the sheer output of both women.
In total, 783 combined attacks were thrown from both competitors. The swelling lasted five days and the defeated fighter underwent minor surgery on her ear by a plastic surgeon.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk suffered defeat to Weili Zhang at UFC 248 and was taken to hospital
Matt Mitrione – Broken orbital
Broken orbital bones are not uncommon in the UFC, but Mitrione’s appearance was alarming.
He took a heavy shot of Travis Browne at their 2016 meeting and a golf ball-shaped lump formed.
Earlier in the match, Mitrione had been stabbed in the eye more than once and struggled to look.
To make matters worse, the eye was not his only problem. The heavyweight also suffered a dislocated shoulder when he was knocked to the mat by his opponent. A hard night at the office.
Matt Mitrione suffered a broken eye socket in 2016 in his fight against Travis Browne
Alistair Overeem – Cleft lip
‘Cleft lip’ doesn’t quite do it justice. The veteran heavyweight suffered a KO defeat to Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the last four seconds of their 2019 fight.
As if the latest defeat wasn’t bad enough, the killer ripped his skin completely open.
The lip was completely torn in a cut that crept up to Overeem’s nose.
Fortunately, the UFC has some of the best plastic surgeons in the industry on their behalf, and the recovery has been remarkable.
A thin scar can still be seen if you look closely, but the wound has miraculously healed. After the fight, he tweeted: ‘Get attached. Lip not too sexy right now .. bit of a quick stop if you ask me – but I hope you enjoyed the fight. ‘
Alistair Overeem completely tore his lip, but luckily it was treated well
Leslie Smith – Explodes ear
Yes, you read that right. In a fight against Jessica Eye in 2014, Smith was hit on her cauliflower ear and it exploded properly.
It almost seemed as if the ear was torn in half and the referee stopped shortly afterwards.
Smith was so upset that the match was halted that she said the pain did not register.
‘I really didn’t feel anything. I don’t remember it hurting all the way until after the fight, ”she later recalled ESPN.
When I watched the replay, I saw the person in ringside pushing gauze all the way into my ear, and I remember it hurt at the time. Otherwise I was so angry that they stopped the fight that I didn’t feel anything. ‘
Leslie Smith’s ear exploded when her opponent made contact with a large right hand in 2014
Jon Jones – Dislocated toe
This grizzly injury came to Jones when he stuffed a takedown from Chael Sonnen in 2013.
He rolled on the toe and dislocated it, ripping it off the skin. Fortunately for ‘Bones’ he finished his opponent later in the first round.
Jon Jones dislocated his toe against Chael Sonnen, but eventually won by TKO in the first round
Afterwards, the extent of the damage became apparent and he gave an interview with Joe Rogan from a crutch while the medical staff worked on him.
Jones was ultimately more concerned about the injury ruining his vacation plans than the pain it caused.
He said, “I was going to go to Jamaica after this. That will not happen.’