Joe Rogan had a front-row seat to Conor McGregor’s recent leg break during UFC 264. In fact, the controversial podcast host interviewed the downed fighter while McGregor was being evaluated by UFC doctors and prepped for medical transport. So it’s no surprise Rogan recently took to his podcast to break down what he believes happened when McGregor’s leg snapped mid-fight against Dustin Poirier.
Citing an interview with McGregor’s coach, Rogan says McGregor’s leg likely “cracked” in training camp, though a scan at the time didn’t reveal anything of serious concern. Rogan goes on to say McGregor’s shin appeared to be “compromised” on a pair of leg kicks during his fight against Poirier, pointing out two possibly detrimental kicks before McGregor’s leg snapped. One kick is a particularly gnarly strike that Poirier blocked with his elbow at the leg’s apparent breaking point.
Rogan says there have been three major bone breaks in UFC this year: Jacare Souza’s arm break, Chris Weidman’s leg break, and now McGregor’s injury. When Rogan’s guest, Dr. Andrew Huberman, questions why there have been so many catastrophic injuries in such a short window, the host has a simple explanation.
“People are getting good at breaking people’s bones,” Rogan says. “That’s really what it is.”
Though Rogan is credited with being the first person to interview McGregor in the direct aftermath of his injury, the fighter’s coach wasn’t too happy about the post-fight interview. Coach John Kavanagh criticized Rogan for the move, saying “[McGregor’s] foot is literally hanging down… And then someone sits down and sticks a microphone in your face?”
Regardless, all is getting back to normal in the aftermath of the injury: McGregor has undergone surgery and is in recovery—and he’s already back to trash-talking his opponents as usual.
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