They don’t happen that often in MMA, but when they do… ugh. That’s right, I’m talking about nasty leg breaks that come off of kicks.
Surely you remember what happened to Corey Hill when the UFC did a Fight for the Troops event. And Anderson Silva’s career-altering broken leg, sustained when Chris Weidman checked on of his kicks, will forever be the stuff of nightmares.
Well, there was a regional show recently where it happened. And the good folks at MMAJunkie interviewed the fighter in question! First, the vid.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” King said. “I was just in disbelief that my leg was broken, I was like, ‘Wow!’ Because I’d just came off another injury where in one of my fights I dislocated my elbow, I had to come back from that. That was pretty long, so when I seen it I just couldn’t believe that it actually happened to me again.”
“I was real calm, I was real relaxed,” King said. “I had a game plan, I was just going to go in and be calm, see if I could pick him apart, open him up with some jabs, some leg kicks. I knew he was going to be a lot bigger and stronger than me, so I had a game plan together, and I came out and threw one kick and it landed pretty good.
“I just knew I was going to land that next one pretty good, I was probably going to drop him with it, so I was planted and I threw it and I tried to put it back down and I couldn’t feel anything.”
“They put a rod down my tibia and they put two screws in it and it was an open wound break, so that means it punctured through the skin and also punctured through the muscle, but the doctors were pretty up to it,” King said. “The first thing I asked them was, ‘Would I be able to fight?’ And he told me yes, so I don’t plan on letting this stop me from fighting.”
Man, maybe stay away from throwing kicks…? Just a thought.