He underwent surgery on Sunday to add a titanium rod in to his tibia. He also provided a possible deadline of his recovery, which included a return to instruction.

“Pretty brutal, but I will make it through this,” Weidman said through Instagram. “I think that it’s likely to be eight months before I could walk without crutches, drive and all that. So far as instruction, they stated between six to 12 months I will be all set.”

Weidman (15-6) is only the third fighter in UFC history to undergo a broken leg because of a checked kick. Surprisingly enough, he had been involved in 2 of those three episodes, as Anderson Silva struck his leg in very similar style throughout a UFC championship battle against Weidman at December 2013. Silva returned in the harm 13 months afterwards and remains active at age 46.

There’s been an outpouring of well wishes towards Weidman in the MMA community within the previous two days, such as messages from Hall and Silva. At a postfight press conference, Hall has stated he owes Weidman another struggle if he wants it. And Silva delivered his”deepest and most sincere views to the champ” on social networking.

A native of Long Island, Weidman maintained the UFC’s 185-pound name from 2013 to 2015. He’s only 2-6 in his previous eight looks but was seeking to return to a win streak Saturday from Hall.

“Frankly, when it occurred and that I hit the ground, watched my leg and the pain began hitting me, I strove to keep my head on something positive that will come from the. I am confident something will come from it that is great, as this isn’t enjoyable. I can not believe it occurred.”