Joe Rogan Shows Concern Over Many UFC Fighters Suffering Severe Injuries in the Octagon

Published 07/15/2021, 2:50 PM EDT


Famed UFC commentator Joe Rogan chimed in on the recent spike in gruesome injuries as seen in the UFC. 2021 has produced some gnarly injuries to famed fighters and the reason for his uptake is largely unknown. Conor McGregor’s recent injury at UFC 264 has become a huge talking point not just in the MMA community but in the entire sporting world.

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Joe Rogan discussed the brutal leg break on an episode on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ and his insight was particularly valuable. Rogan was cage side when the incident took place and also interviewed McGregor in the immediate aftermath. While discussing McGregor’s injury, Joe Rogan also examined the incident that was taking place across the sport.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Announcer Joe Rogan reacts during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

“Here’s what’s really crazy. There’s been so many fights in the UFC and to have all these breaks in a row. Jacare got his arm broken, Chris Weidman got his leg broken. There’s been a ton of breaks over and over again. Just people getting good at breaking people’s bones, it’s really what it is.”

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Rogan’s assessment of people getting ‘good at breaking people’s bones’ may have some validity to it. Chiefly, the modern MMA fighter has evolved a lot since the early days and fighters are getting more dangerous. MMA gyms across the world are tooling fighters with skill sets that are meant to cause lethal damage.

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Will the landscape of MMA change in the next 10 years?

Given the way the sport has evolved since 2011 alone, it’s safe to say that MMA will be on a whole new level come 2031. As mentioned earlier, the definition of a modern-day fighter has taken on a new meaning as it stands.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor (L) punches Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

The key difference is that fighters today are training themselves in the all-encompassing discipline of MMA right from the jump. MMA no longer involves in-depth training in a singular martial arts discipline.

This has produced some dangerous up-and-coming fighters who are already on the road to become champions. Time will tell exactly how far the sport of MMA is set to evolve as fighters equip themselves with newer techniques.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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