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UFC 261 has been rocked by a sickening leg injury to American fighter Chris Weidman.
Just seconds into Weidman's middleweight fight with Uriah Hall on Saturday, the American shattered his leg when a kick was blocked by his opponent.
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On the very first kick of the fight, Weidman's shin struck Hall's and his leg crumpled horribly as he stepped backwards and put his full weight on it.
Weidman was in agony as the fight was called off and he was stretchered out of the ring.
The fight was over in just 17 seconds.
Hall was clearly distraught over the way the fight ended, sending his well-wishes to Weidman.
“I wanted to put on a great performance, but man, I feel so bad for him,” Hall said.
“I hope he’s OK. I wish his family well, if they’re watching.
"It’s the sucky part of this sport. It’s the hurt business.
"I hope he recovers and then hey, whatever rank I am in the future, if he gets well, I owe him this fight.
"I hope he can come back from this.”
UFC in shock over 'horrific' injury
UFC fans and pundits were also in a state of shock, with many describing the injury as "horrific" and "sickening".
"This is just horrific,” MMA analyst Luke Thomas tweeted.
UFC reporter Ariel Helwani tweeted: “This is heartbreaking. I can’t believe this.
“This is absolutely horrific.
“Feel sick to my stomach. No one deserves this. This is a cruel, cruel sport.”
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