Anderson Silva suffers leg injury in UFC bout

Anderson Silva screams after kicking Chris Weidman and injuring his foot during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout on Saturday. (AP Photo/David Becker)

After Anderson Silva suffered a broken leg during his shocking loss to Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight belt, UFC owner Zuffa, LLC released a statement:

"Following Saturday evening's UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC's Orthopedic Surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson's left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months.

"Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover."