After winning earlier in the night, Tyrone Spong at Glory 15 on Saturday suffered a severely broken leg that was eerily reminiscent of former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s UFC 168 injury.
Spong defeated Saulo Cavalari in the kickboxing semifinal tournament bout to move into the final opposite Gokhan Saki. About a minute and a half into the opening round, Spong launched a right leg low kick. His leg snapped upon impact, much like Silva’s did against Chris Weidman. (Watch video from UFC 168 and Anderson Silva's fight.)
Spong immediately fell to the mat, his opponent rushing over to console him before the referee could even officially call a halt to the fight.
Although he was kickboxing on Saturday, Spong also has a parallel career in mixed martial arts with a 2-0 record. He had anticipated a likely return to the World Series of Fighting cage this summer, but this injury is likely to put him on the shelf for quite some time.
There was no immediate information available in regard to his condition and what the recovery process would be.
Silva, however, has recovered quickly, but anticipates that it will be around a year from the time of the injury before he fights again.