Bas Rutten explains how an incorrect low kick can break the leg

Monday, December 30, 2013

Saturday night Anderson Silva threw a low kick, and Chris Weidman skillfully checked it with the strongest part of his leg – the knee cap and upper shin of a tightly bent leg. Silva’s leg broke in half.

Many fans immediately recalled a video that Bas Rutten had made just over a year before hand, detailing how opening your hips can help prevent the kicker from suffering a broken leg.

“One of the big reasons is to make sure you don’t break your shin, because that is OWIE.”

 This is not a suggestion that Anderson Silva’s technique was lacking, but rather is offered in the spirit of UGers avoiding injury. In fact, Silva’s corner reports that after the first round the fighter said he felt a crack. Thus Silva may well have fractured the shin, and then thrown a hard kick with it, albeit without a lot of hip rotation.