JOE ROGAN believes Conor McGregor can become the first fighter to successfully return from a horrific broken leg despite having major concerns about the Irishman’s comeback.
The Notorious broke his left tibia during his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier in July 2021 but is ready to return to the octagonyear after a arduous and strenuous rehabilitation.
Former middleweight championand Chris Weidman also suffered the same horrific injury but looked like a shadow of their former selves in their comeback fights.
But Rogan believes McGregor’s comeback could be helped by Father Time, who did not side with Silva and Weidman in their respective returns.
Thethe commentator said during a recent episode of his Experience podcast: “If it weren’t for his leg He is still in the prime of his career.
“But this broken leg is a real problem. I mean, if he does, he’ll be first.”
“And if someone does, maybe they can do it.”
“If anyone can do it, it might be him because he broke his leg in the prime of his career. Anderson was a little older.”
“I think he was 36 or 37 when he broke his leg. Chris Weidman was a little older.”
As much as Rogan believes McGregor can be out of line, he admits the UFC poster will be the most vulnerable he’s ever been exposed to the next time he steps into the octagon.
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The 56-year-old added: “It’s hard to come back from that. Nobody really comes back from this.
“You have to have plates, and you also have to think about the differences – you kick, you take kicks.”
“The boys will definitely kick you in the shins. They’ll kick you in the calf.”
“(You’ll have) nerve damage – all of the above. “I don’t know how extensive the damage was, but it’s been two years.”
McGregor’s millions in the bank also have Rogan thinking about whether he’s ready to take on the best the light and welterweight divisions have to offer.
He said: “It’s that famous quote from Marvin Hagler: ‘It’s hard to get out of bed and run in the cold when you sleep in silk sheets.’
“If you’re the champion and damn rich like him, he doesn’t have to do nothing forever.”
“He has generational wealth, but he is still in the prime of his sporting career.”
McGregor, 35, is expected to be welcomed back into the octagon by his fan favorite and former Bellator lightweight champion.
Their clash was announced back in February, but was delayed by McGregor’s absence from the USADA drug testing pool.
And UFC presidentHe recently announced that the former two-division champion will be back in action early next year.
He told Piers Morgan: “He’s back in the gym, he’s training.”
“And yes, I expect to see Conor fight next year.”
Despite the delay in finishing the fight, White is adamant that McGregor and Chandler will fight.
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During an appearance on Crain & Company, he said, “Not fighting this fight would be ridiculous.”
“We’re working on it. I hope we can do it early next year.”