Weidman’s foot folded gruesomely around Hall’s shin, and he dropped to the mat as he planted on his right foot. The former champion writhed in pain as the bout was instantly called off just 17 seconds into the pay-per-view bout at Vystar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
The audience sat in shock, with some behind the UFC commentary booth crying as Weidman, whose check broke Silva’s leg more than seven years ago in their rematch at UFC 168, was put on a stretcher and taken out of the octagon.
Here is how fighters reacted to the fight’s end.
Dios mío !!!!!!— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) April 25, 2021
Omg— Anthony Rocco Martin (@TonyRoccoMartin) April 25, 2021
OMG!— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) April 25, 2021
Oh my god no!!!!!— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) April 25, 2021
Wooow prayers for Chris— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) April 25, 2021
Holy shit! What a crazy world we live in. You couldn’t write it.— michael (@bisping) April 25, 2021
Omg omg omg that leg just got Silva'd! So nasty I can't even look! #ufc261— Leah Letson UFC (@LeahNidasMMA) April 25, 2021
Fuck !!!! This was sad— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) April 25, 2021
Fuck man ♂️ ♂️ ♂️— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) April 25, 2021
Damn just after saying that jimmy crute leg was some crazy shit #UFC261 and to think weidman was on the other side of this years ago— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) April 25, 2021
I have no words.. I hope the leg can heal up 100% . Damn.— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 25, 2021
Prayers and a quick recovery for Weidman! #UFC261— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) April 25, 2021
This is horrible— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) April 25, 2021
Unfortunate for Chris I hope he recover fast.#ufc261
Im not gonna sleep well tonight— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) April 25, 2021
I’ve seen bad injuries in this sport. @chrisweidman @ufc injury was the worst I’ve ever seen. Seeing him on the stretcher screaming in pain ... I’ve ruptured a testicle and had emergency surgery. I know pain, I think docs need morphine on hand for these few moments #ufc261— Devin Powell (@DevinPowellMMA) April 25, 2021
Y’all remember when Jose Also use to run across the cage and leg kick his opponents... YEAH, Im glad he stopped, the game has changed and people sit into those kicks which could injure the leg severely ! #UFC261— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 25, 2021
These last two fights are the reason why I don’t pay much attention to the fights in the locker room when I’m warming up. I want that type of stuff out of sight and out of mind before I make the walk. #ufc261— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) April 25, 2021
So strange there have only been 3 snapped legs in UFC history and Weidman has been a part of 2— Funky (@Benaskren) April 25, 2021
Glad I ain’t fightin tonight— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) April 25, 2021