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Conor McGregor and Chris Weidman Could Be Lucky Owing to One Aspect of Their Horrific Leg Injuries as UFC 292 Sees a Comeback of Ex-UFC Champ

Published 08/16/2023, 1:08 PM EDT

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A broken rib, while not visible from the outside is one of the most painful injuries a fighter could endure. But, there are some injuries that make even the viewers wince. A snapped leg in one of those injuries. Anderson Silva, Conor McGregor, and recently Chris Weidman have been victims of grotesque broken legs.

Weidman, like McGregor will make his comeback after two years out of the octagon. He will take on Brad Tavares in a middleweight bout at UFC 292 this Saturday. McGregor is slated to face Michael Chandler in a welterweight bout this December. And, despite their serious nature, Chandler has found a silver lining in the injuries.

Michael Chandler tells ‘DC’ one positive thing about McGregor and Weidman’s injuries

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Speaking to Daniel Cormier on ESPN MMA’s YouTube channel, Michael Chandler pointed out that both had broken their back leg, which means it would not take as much punishment.

“The good thing is, it is his back leg. So that’s a good thing, just like in the Conor fight, when people say, ‘hey go after his leg’, it is his back leg luckily for him. So he’s probably not going to throw kicks but he’s also probably not going to take a lot of damage too,” he told Cormier.

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‘DC’ reminded him that Weidman had made clear his intention to throw a leg kick as soon as he can in his comeback fight. “He’s said first thing he’s going to do is throw the hardest leg kick with that leg that he’s ever thrown,” he said.

Chandler agreed that it was sometimes best to “rip the band-aid off”.

How Conor McGregor and Chris Weidman broke their legs

McGregor snapped his tibia after he threw a kick that hit Dustin Poirier‘s elbow late in the first round.  ‘Notorious later revealed he had compound fractures on that leg going into the fight and had to wear a walking boot in camp.

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Weidman’s right tibia and fibula broke in the first round of his fight against opponent Uriah Hall, who checked the first leg kick Weidman threw resulting in the shocking injury. Both would be expected of being wary of taking any damage to their legs on their comeback. And their opponents, too, will try to target this weakness.

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However, it seems Weidman is confident in his leg after two years out of the ring. McGregor, too, seems to have regained the full functioning of his leg, having downed one of his fighters with a kick to the body on this season of The Ultimate Fighter. Who do you think will win in Weidman vs. Tavares? Tell us your predictions in the comments section below.

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Kanishk Thakur is an MMA writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in political science from Delhi University, his love for writing and MMA made him want to be part of telling the story of the sport. His journalist mother and love for philosophy and research inculcated a staunch rationalism in him, and the need to substantiate every statement he makes with good evidence.
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