Joe Rogan Ponders Conor McGregor's Planned Comeback From Brutal Leg Break: 'If Anybody Can Do It, Maybe It's Him'
Despite coaching on The Ultimate Fighter this year and repeatedly targeting a return, 2023 won’t be the year in which former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor makes his way back to the cage.
McGregor, an ex-featherweight and lightweight titleholder, hasn’t been in action since suffering a gruesome broken leg at UFC 264 in July 2021. The injury saw the Irishman fall to a TKO defeat, marking his second setback against Dustin Poirier that year.
And the moment put “The Notorious” megastar in good company, with both former middleweight champions Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman suffering notable leg breaks in the past.
If their recoveries and subsequent returns are a sign of things to come for McGregor, an MMA comeback may not be such a desirable affair. While “The Spider” won just one of his seven post-injury bouts before departing the UFC, “The All-American” recently ended his layoff with a defeat to Brad Tavares at UFC 292.
But although some may say that the nature of the injury puts the writing on the wall for McGregor’s career, one prominent MMA personality thinks that if anyone can find success in their comeback, it’s him.
Rogan Highlights Advantage McGregor Has Over Silva & Weidman With Recovery
During a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience with professional wrestling legend Kurt Angle, the podcast host, stand-up comedian, and UFC color commentator spoke about McGregor’s planned return amid the heavy uncertainty that surrounds it.
Although USADA issues have appeared to stall it, the Dublin native has repeatedly posted comeback declarations online. While many have firmly dismissed McGregor’s ambitions owing to a perceived lack of motivation and the leg break he’s coming off, Rogan suggested he could be the first to overcome the latter.
“If it wasn’t for his leg snap, he’s still in the prime of his career. But that leg snap is a real problem,” Rogan said. “I mean, if he does (come back from that), he’ll be the first. And if anybody does, maybe he can do it. If anybody can do it, maybe it’s him. Because he snapped his leg in the prime of his career. Anderson was a little older, I believe he was 36 or 37… Chris Weidman was a little older.
“It’s a hard one to come back from. Nobody really comes back from that one,” Rogan continued. “You have to have plates in there. Also, you’ve gotta think the differences to your kicking, taking kicks… nerve damage, all the above… I don’t know the extent of how much damage was done, but it’s been two years… I just think that if anybody can do it, it’s gonna be Conor.”
It remains to be seen whether McGregor can surpass the post-break efforts of both Silva and Weidman. But with the former ‘champ-champ’ back in training, it appears that another walk to the Octagon is on the cards for 2024.
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— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 20, 2023
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