Chris Weidman has had a setback in his battle to recover from the broken leg he suffered earlier this year in the opening moments of a fight with Uriah Hall.
Weidman suffered a clean break of both his tibia and fibula in the fight but revealed late Wednesday that one of the bones hasn’t set correctly and will require a further surgery to repair it.
“I’m actually getting another surgery, I just found out,” Weidman said on Sirius XM on Wednesday, as noted by MMA Fighting. “I’m getting another surgery, most likely on August 11. They’re going to have to plate the fibula bone because I guess it’s considered a non-union so the bones aren’t healing the way it’s supposed to, which kind of sucks.
“But I did expect setbacks and some issues with this type of traumatic injury. I’ve been through a lot. At the end of the day, I’m a positive person to begin with. Not that I don’t have moments of negativity and just laziness, lack of motivation but I’m usually a glass half-full type of person. So I think that helps.”
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Weidman had previously revealed that his fibula hadn’t yet healed but had published various videos showing him undergoing rehab with the of an anti-gravity treadmill which had led to many observers presuming that his recovery was ahead of schedule — but this second surgery scuppers those sentiments.
Still though, Weidman isn’t allowing the setback to get him down and says that he is relatively fortunate when he considers others who are battling back from far more severe injuries.
“If I ever feel bad for myself it’s very easy to look at someone else who has it worse and realise you have nothing to complain about and you can’t feel sorry for yourself,” Weidman said. “The second guest I had my podcast was a guy named Omar ‘Crispy’ Avila, he is a war veteran who got blown up by an IED (improvised explosive device), he lost his leg, he got burned, 75 percent of his body had third and fourth-degree burns and he had 104 surgeries.
“Now I’m going to be heading into my 25th surgery, they just keep coming and I don’t want any more surgeries. I’m done with surgeries. 25 but the other guy has 104, so who am I to complain?”