It has been a little over a month since former UFC Champion Chris Weidman suffered one of the most gruesome sports injuries in recent memory. Weidman’s shin was snapped in two just moments into his UFC 261 bout with Uriah Hall. It happened after he threw a leg kick. Weidman ultimately had to be removed from the Octagon on a stretcher and later underwent surgery.
“Special thanks to Dr. Gitlin for performing a successful surgery and being so helpful during the entire process.” Weidman said on Instagram a day later. He also posted pictures of the x-rays.
It will be a long road to recovery for “The All American”, but he did share a very encouraging update yesterday afternoon. Weidman shared a video in which he can be seen walking on his own without crutches.
“I started walking on my own today. Big day. I appreciate all the love and support it has motivated me so much,” he said in a tweet.
Weidman has been documenting his healing process on YouTube and recently told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he plans on making a comeback. “If I can get my body back to where I feel like I’m that guy again, I 100 percent want to fight. I want to be able to demonstrate the talents I have and put on a show and also be able to inspire other people.” Weidman said. “Coming back from this is not gonna be easy, and it’s way tougher of a recovery already the first 10 days than I could have ever imagined. So it’s gonna be a long, long road.”
The now 36 year-old also told Helwani that he thought it would be a couple months before he could walk again in the May 5th interview, so he appears to be ahead of schedule, which is excellent to see.