Fight fans turned away in disgust as Chris Weidman suffered a shocking broken leg just seconds into his fight with Uriah Hall at UFC 261.
The American landed a kick but snapped his right ankle on contact, and fell to the canvas in agony as his leg gave way.
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Hall and even referee Herb Dean had to look away as the extent of Weidman’s injury became immediately apparent, his leg flopping around like spaghetti.
He was attended to by medical staff in the Octagon and was taken out on a stretcher as social media freaked out over the horrifying development.
“This is just horrific,” MMA analyst and podcaster Luke Thomas tweeted.
UFC reporter Ariel Helwani said: “This is heartbreaking. I can’t believe this.
“This is absolutely horrific.
“Feel sick to my stomach. No one deserves this. This is a cruel, cruel sport.”
Jose Youngs called it “one of the most horrendous injuries I’ve ever seen” while former AFL star Dane Swan said it was “the nastiest s**t I’ve ever seen”.
Twitter was going wild with viewers repeating the phrase “oh my god”, unable to believe their eyes.
Fighter Raquel Pennington said what everyone was thinking when she tweeted: “Holy s**t I wanna throw up.”
Weidman was in a world of pain.Source:Getty Images
Hopefully he can recover.Source:AFP
Weidman’s sickening injury followed a stoppage in the opening fight on the main card when Australian Jimmy Crute’s leg also copped a battering.
A kick from Anthony Smith did the damage at the end of the first round and Crute was unable to stand up and continue fighting, the doctor waving off the contest.
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