UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman successfully defended his title against Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC 175 on Fourth of July Weekend at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As it turns out, the thrilling UFC 175 main event bout between Machida and Weidman almost never happened.
According to Weidman, he was nearly forced to withdraw from the fight because of a hand injury.
Weidman stopped by The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss the injury that nearly caused him to drop out of the fight.
“I went through a two-day period where I was very nervous, and felt, you had mentioned my hand, and I thought I was going to have to pull out of the fight,” he told Ariel Helwani. “I couldn’t touch my thumb to any of my fingers. I couldn’t grab anything, I couldn’t squeeze a toothbrush, couldn’t brush my teeth. I could do it with my right hand, but not my left. But you know, you just start figuring things out. Like, how bad this if I can’t do these little things? So I kind of was scaring the crap out of myself.”
“So they did the MRI and I had to wait on the results, and I was really just pissed off, and I was depressed,” he said. “I was like, how am I going to deal with this? It was a bad situation. If it’s not broken, obviously I’m not pulling out, but how am I going to train for these last two weeks. I can’t even touch my fingers together and I can’t obviously punch. It was a tough day with that. It was ligaments that were all messed up and sprained. So, I got cortisone injections, which they even told me probably won’t help much because it’s not really an inflammation issue. But I asked them to do it anyway, just anything that might help.”
Both the fans and the UFC are happy that Weidman found a way to get the issue sorted out.
Had he not, Ronda Rousey’s 16 second dismantling of Alexis Davis would have served as the main event.
For a fight card that lost Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen vs. Vitor Belfort and Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione at the last moment, it would have been a devastating blow to what is supposed to be one of the marquee UFC events of the year.