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The worst injury of all time? — Chris Weidman hopes to return to the UFC by the end of the year

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman hopes to make a comeback by the end of 2022 after being sidelined for more than a year following a horrific broken bone. leg suffered at the hands of Uriah Hall at UFC 261.

“All-American” has revealed that sports broadcaster ESPN will release a documentary that chronicles his road to recovery after suffering “the worst injury ever” (he’s not kidding) in 2021.

“It’s been very difficult,” Weidman said of his recovery during a recent interview with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck (h/t Low Kick MMA). “Lots of ups and downs, lots of problems and it sucks, I can’t say too much because I’m doing a documentary with ESPN, they’re doing an E60.

“So they are entitled to everything, I can’t train like me or if I had really low points where I had to have additional surgeries. I can’t post anything because they have the rights, but it will help them tell the story in a great way.

“They’re going to market it as the worst injury ever and come back from it because once you all find out what I’ve had to go through for the last 15 months, it’s been a lot. I’m thrilled that they can finally tell this story, and I’m thrilled to be back and shocking the world.

“Hopefully this year, yes,” Weidman said when asked if he plans to return to competition by the end of the year.

The Serra-Longo product also revealed he will face former UFC title challenger Anthony Smith for “Lionheart’s” next bout against No. 4-ranked light heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 277.

“July 30, I’m cornering Anthony Smith. I don’t think I’ve told anyone yet. He’s coming to South Carolina to train with me and help him prepare. He has that title elimination fight with Ankalaev, so I’m excited to try and prepare him for that.

Weidman, formerly a top ten middleweight, was dropped from the UFC rankings due to inactivity. His last victory came in 2020 when he defeated Omari Akhmedov by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 174.