Yesterday we learned that UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos had injured himself in training and his fight against featherweight champ Conor McGregor at UFC 196 next week was off.
We now have some insight on the injury and how it happened. As per MMAFighting:
“Unfortunately, an injury happened in his last training Friday,” Cordeiro told MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. “We were sparring, and Rafael threw a kick at the knee of the kid that was training with him. He immediately stopped kicking, put his foot on the ground, and felt a little pain. He put some ice, and couldn’t walk normally.
“He put more ice during the weekend to see if he would be able to train on Monday. On Monday, he contacted the UFC and said what happened. He asked to visit the UFC’s doctor, and they showed the fracture.”
Since MMA is one of the most contact-heavy of contact sports, injuries do happen, so it’s impossible to fault Dos Anjos for this.
Besides, now we get to have the ultimate trash-talker Nate Diaz take his place against McGregor – that’s not a bad thing, right?