Remember when former WWE Champion, TNA World Champion, IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle won two Olympic gold medals in 1996? He did it with a broken freakin’ neck, folks.
Conor McGregor Is Mocked For Early Match Injury
Angle recently reminded us of this feat while mocking former UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor. In the possible final match of the McGregor-Poirier thrillogy, The Notorious suffered a broken lower tibia.
In layman’s terms: he ended up with a broken ankle. The injury occurred in the first round, thus ending the extremely hyped, heavily promoted main event of UFC 264 on something of an anti-climactic note.
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While rewatching the round, McGregor looks second-round ready while fighting Dustin Poirier. Given most of the matches passed the first round of action, it was expected to be a heated main event that went rounds.
Unfortunately, the dice landed differently in Las Vegas that night and with five seconds left in the round, McGregor suffers a blowout and is down a wheel. Following successful surgery, the smack talk maestro from Dublin will be out for the rest of the year after six weeks on crutches.
After the medical update was posted, the Olympic Hero took to Twitter stating:
“So…. @TheNotoriousMMA broke his freakin’ ankle this past weekend. Big deal. I break my ankle all of the time. I broke my ankle this morning and I’m jumping around right now!! I even won a gold medal with a broken freakin neck too.”
Some McGregor fans and MMA fans came to the former UFC Champion’s defense by questioning Kurt Angle’s toughness. Obviously, this didn’t go down well in the comments with many not only defending Angle’s toughness but his decision to go into professional wrestling over MMA in the late-90s.
Does Kurt Angle Want the Smoke?
In the past, Kurt Angle expressed interest in entering MMA but this was when he contemplating leaving wrestling. After so many years of bumps, injuries, addiction, and just the grind of the road sticking with what he was familiar with, slowing down his involvement, and retiring seemed like the better plan.
Well, it was definitely the better plan considering his condition at the time. Now, with time away from the ring and crossover attraction fights becoming more common, could we see Kurt Angle vs. Conor McGregor?
It would definitely make for an interesting build-up as the press would be on top of it, promotion would be heavy, and both men can carry the hype on the mic.
I mean just listen to McGregor sound like the defeated villain after his loss. The guy makes threats of violence and even brings his opponent’s wife into his post-match tirade.
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And just like so many defeated villains, McGregor will be back again. Sure, it’ll be a year later but he’ll return. Will it be in the octagon against Dustin Poirier again or a special exhibition against Kurt Angle? McGregor is said to be looking past Poirier for a fight with Charles Oliveira when he returns.