Chris Weidman returns to gym after leg injury

Apr 24, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Chris Weidman (Blue Gloves) breaks his leg on a kick to the leg of Uriah Hall (Red Gloves) during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a gruesome leg injury sustained April 24 during UFC 261.

Chris Weidman is on the mend

Saturday morning, he shared a video on Twitter of him gently sparring in the gym on Thursday.

“2 days ago less than 7 weeks from injury I got bored and drove to the gym lol. Didn’t expect to be able to do this,” he wrote.

Weidman, who turns 37 on Thursday, broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg in the opening seconds of a bout against Uriah Hall in Jacksonville, Florida at UFC 261. He underwent surgery and a titanium rod was inserted in the leg.

He was given a timetable to recover of up to one year.

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Apr 23, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Chris Weidman flexes while on the scale during weigh-ins for UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

“It’s been pretty damn brutal, as you can imagine,” Weidman said on Michael Bisping’s “Believe You Me” podcast. “…But I will say, this is breaking news, I was actually in the gym today. I boxed a little bit. I figured I was going to go to the gym and hit the bag for like a minute and then put my leg up, elevate it and just chill out, just be happy to be in the gym, but there were some guys around and we started play sparring and I was like, ‘Man, this is awesome!’ It felt so good to be back in the gym. So that was a big day for me, but it’s been a crazy road.”

–Field Level Media

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