Conor McGregor’s leg break at UFC 264 left Israel Adesanya squeamish just like most of the rest of us.
McGregor suffered a broken tibia and fibula in the closing seconds of the first round in his main event trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, which naturally rendered him unable to continue. As a result, Poirier won the bout by TKO due to doctor’s stoppage.
UFC middleweight champion Adesanya was watching and said McGregor made a mistake by jumping for a guillotine choke. Adesanya gave his thoughts on the fight and even recognized something was wrong with McGregor’s leg before replays revealed the injury.
“Yeah, it was a good fight. I like the way Conor opened up. This is one of the reasons I don’t jump for guillotines because Eugene says if you fail a guillotine, you’re on bottom. That’s the problem. And it was tight. It was tight, but the cage was in the way, so Dustin was able to stop and defend by not letting him get his leg wrapped and put him in guard. Then Dustin, f*ck, the recovery. There’s a point when he was on top and he was just like throwing bombs. The pace was good. The pace he was throwing at was just bewildering Conor. Credit to Conor as well because from bottom he was throwing shots, throwing them elbows, getting crazy. That was just a freak accident. Dustin reckons it was a check, Conor reckons it wasn’t. Yeah, crazy fight. They’re definitely gonna do it again. They’re gonna run it back and then we’re all gonna watch.”