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Weidman Defends UFC Belt When Silva Injures Leg

Weidman Defends UFC Belt When Silva Injures Leg

Chris Weidman accepted his UFC middleweight title belt with a grimace and a furtive look over his shoulder.

Published December 29, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Weidman defended his UFC middleweight title when Anderson Silva apparently broke his left leg on a kick in the second round, ending UFC 168 with a horrific injury Saturday night.

Weidman (11-0) quietly celebrated his victory while medical personnel tended to Silva (33-6), whose left shin bent grotesquely while landing a kick on Weidman's left leg 1:16 into the round.

Weidman, who earned his belt with an upset victory over the long-reigning champion in July, also dominated the first round of the rematch.

Ronda Rousey retained her bantamweight title in the UFC's year-end event, submitting Miesha Tate with a third-round arm bar. Rousey then walked away from her bitter rival's offer of a post-fight handshake, earning ferocious boos from the MGM Grand Garden crowd.

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(Photo: AP Photo/David Becker)

Written by Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer

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