Checked Leg Kick

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

After their last bout, Chris Weidman worked on checking Anderson Silva’s leg kicks — and his new skills worked a little too well in last night’s fight:


  1. Purpleslog says:

    Holy crap! That made me squirm just watching it!

  2. Me too; I never realized how rubbery the flexing of a broken limb can look.

  3. Todd says:

    Isn’t this a career-ending move? A compound fracture like this will take many months to heal and won’t be the same.

    Also, does this give birth to a new tactic? This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this happen. Did that last guy who broke his leg like this ever return?

    I wonder how much it hurt Weidman. At any rate, bone density at top of the tibia > lower tibia, ftw!

  4. Grasspunk says:

    What happened here? All I’ve seen is the 16 seconds above. Obviously it was a deliberate defensive move, but where was Silva aiming for originally and what was Weidman trying to do?

    I’m no MMAer but I wonder if kicks like these would become obsolete once folk figure out a counter. Who’d risk a career?

  5. Isegoria says:

    The attack, a roundhouse kick aimed at the thigh, and the counter, checking it with the raised knee and shin, are both standard operating procedure in muay thai. The counter usually hurts, but it’s rare for it to break anything. That said, this is perhaps the third such break I’ve seen.

    Silva has had a rod put into his tibia, and I don’t expect him to fight ever again.

  6. Grasspunk says:

    OK, that makes sense. Next question, just like the last one — what happened? Was this just a rare and random event? Was there poor technique by Silva or good technique by Weidman? Something in Silva’s diet or supplement intake that weakened his bones? Something in Weidman’s that strengthened his?

    Could bones knitted back together with metal posts be stronger? We could end up with fighters getting surgical upgrades to bones or maybe a requirement to get x-rays to prove fighters are unmodified.

  7. Todd says:

    Bone density is a mysterious factor; towards the joints bone density approaches the strength of concrete; more than one killer has been caught because he tried to use a garbage disposal to grind away the evidence — he never got past the ulna.

    Metal and bones is never a good thing. As a two time cyborg, I’ve had screws, bolts, and plates inserted and removed from my left leg, at different break points. Each time the body filled in the calcium, slowly but surely, and became stronger than before. Metal in a bone is foreign object, and metal can get hairline fractures that never heal, whereas bone just re-calcifies and gets stronger.

    Now, exoskeleton might be worth looking into; however, think of the cautionary tales about how steel-toed boots have been crushed and cut off toes instead of merely breaking the bones.

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