Conor McGregor’s sparring sessions before breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier could explain horror injury

Conor McGregor suffered a broken leg right at the end of the first round in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier in July.

After the fight, McGregor suggested that he had carried the injury into the fight. UFC president Dana White and UFC doctor’s allegedly knew about the injury.

The teep kick is a basic Muay Thai technique, also known as a push kick, which McGregor is attempting here

“Everyone keeps asking me at what point did the leg break?” he said. “Ask [UFC president] Dana White, ask the UFC, ask Dr [Jeffrey] Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC.

“They knew… I had stress fractures on my leg going into that cage.

“There was debate about pulling the thing out because I was sparring with no shin pads and I kicked the knee a few times, so I had multiple stress fractures in the shin bone above the ankle.”

In the footage shown below, McGregor was certainly making sure he was checking kicks, but he was going on the offensive with leg kicks, too. 

One has to wonder if he should have adjusted his game plan if his legs were that bothersome.

McGregor also spends some time on the ground in the video. It looks like he worked on intercepting Porier’s flurries with a clinch and/or takedown, but of course, he never got to show that at UFC 264.

The first-ever double champion in UFC history also led with a lot of teep kicks, the very kick that ended up breaking his leg.

Conor McGregor laid the kicks in during sparring

As most viewers of the video noted, the calibre of opponent wasn’t anything that put McGregor under real threat.

The Irishman pieces together some really nice shots, but he didn’t find himself in any real trouble from his sparring partner.

Places like the American Kickboxing Academy and American Top Team have scores of UFC fighters who work with each other and push each other in sparring. McGregor has a relatively small, concentrated team by comparison with SBG Ireland.

Conor McGregor threw plenty of the exact kick that ended up breaking his leg in sparring

Does he need to find harder spars? Many would argue that putting yourself through wars ahead of a fight isn’t the most prudent move, especially given the time the 32 year old McGregor has been in the game.

The Notorious is currently expected to return to UFC in the summer of 2022 with Dana White tentatively suggesting he may face Dusin Poirier for a fourth time in July of that year.

Conor McGregor dominating on the ground