Chris Weidman is showing just how horrible his broken leg really is.
Weidman — who promised to document his recovery from a broken right fibula and tibia he sustained at UFC 261 in Florida on Sunday (AEST) — shared before and after X-rays of his “nightmare” injury on Instagram.
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“The primary concern is the bone punctured through my calf and skin when I put my weight on it, making sure the laceration doesn’t get infected,” he wrote in part alongside the photos.
Weidman, 36, suffered the graphic injury just seconds into his fight when he threw a kick that landed just below opponent Uriah Hall’s knee.
In the same Instagram post, Weidman said he was being discharged from the hospital in Jacksonville — where Dr. Gitlin performed surgery to repair his broken leg.
Weidman then took to his Instagram stories to thank UFC president Dana White for his support. He added that White provided a private jet for him and his family to fly from Jacksonville to their home in Fort Mill, South Carolina, where Weidman will continue his rehab and recovery.
In a video update this week the former UFC middleweight champion said he was able to walk, with the assistance of a walker and his physical therapy team.
In a separate video post, Weidman said the surgery to repair his broken leg was a success.
“They put a titanium rod through the tibia, they go through the knee and drill the rod through the tibia to make it straight. My fibula was broken as well,” Weidman said.
“I guess when they put the tibia back together, my leg was straight (and) the fibula kind of matched back up to where it was broken, and they feel like that can heal on its own as long as I’m not putting weight on it and stuff.”
Weidman also shared details about a potential timeline in his recovery.
“Pretty brutal, but I’m going to get through this. I think it’s going to be eight weeks until I can walk without crutches, drive and all that. As far as training, they said between six-to-12 months I’ll be good to go,” he said.
Weidman added that he’s “trying to find the blessing in disguise and the silver lining” in his situation.
“As soon as it happened I hit the floor and saw that it happened and the pain started hitting me. I tried to put my mind on something positive and something good that can come out of this,” he said.
This story first appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission