An official statement released by Zuffa LLC, the owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has revealed the full extent of the gruesome leg injury Anderson Silva sustained in the Octagon on Saturday night.
Silva was attempting to win back the UFC middleweight title from nemesis Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 168 in Las Vegas last weekend, but his challenge was cut short by a truly eye-watering moment that brought the fight to a premature finish.
The former champ threw a leg kick in the second round that produced one of the most unforgettable endings to a title fight in the history of combat sports, with the kick finishing near Weidman's knee and snapping Silva's shinbone from the brute force of the collision.
Weidman saw his foe fall to the ground in sheer agony, with audible screams providing a chilling conclusion to the New York native's first title defence and a second successive victory over the Brazilian legend.
With fans clamouring for more information on Silva's condition the UFC posted a statement late last night confirming that he suffered a broken fibula and tibia in his left leg, with a tentative recovery time of three to six months muted after successful emergency surgery.
The statement read: "Following Saturday evening's UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg.
"The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC's orthopedic surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson's left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery.
"Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months."
The 38-year-old is now facing the stark prospect of having a stellar 18-fight UFC career brought to an abrupt end, while Weidman will most likely make his second title defence against another Brazilian in Vitor Belfort.