Wow..I often wondered how they can kick like that and never hurt themselves, but that had to hit at just the right angle etc to break it like that. That's also a good gif to see just how elastic our skin is as well.
You've clearly never taken a shin to the tibialis anterior. Highly effective technique and far from stupid.
The thing that makes this unusual is not that a leg kick broke a leg, but that it happened to an experienced fighter. Years and years of kicking heavy bags and pads and other peoples' legs strengthens the bones so this doesn't happen. Those of us that have done Muay Thai know how painful it is as first on the shins, especially when they make you roll them out with wooden or metal dowels. But after about 9 months of consistency, my shins lost most of the feeling and got lumpy/calcified. To this day I don't feel it when stuff hits my shin bone.
Just watched the video after posting the above. There was nothing stupid about the kick. It wasn't to the right leg tibialis anterior as I suspected from your post, extremevet, but it still wasn't stupid. A wrestler who has already proved that he can take you down, has more trouble setting up a shot when you pepper the lead leg. It wasn't to damage muscle tissue, just to keep him from consistently and firmly planting it.
I was wondering the same thing SAD. Years of training should strengthen the bone right?
I've always been told that.
I remember watching on the national geographic channel about the guys who break concrete etc. the people running the test were saying the bone repairs more each time after an impact. So years of it should really make for a strong bone.
Ok you are right I am wrong. That genius kick worked out well for him. Personally kicking in the quads and hamstrings are the smarter way to tire someones legs. As you said they are trained and have killed the nerves in the tibialis anterior so what is the point of kicking it. Just seems to me a waste of a kick and more dangerous than its worth.
If he kicked him hard enough to break his leg I don't think it was just to keep him moving. In boxing you throw a jab to keep them moving not a roundhouse. For him to break his leg like that he had a little more momentum going than just to keep him from planting his leg.
Silva would have hit his knee if he had not lifted it. Not a good kick at all.
Listen guy, you're making yourself look bad so you should probably stop now. You can't deaden the muscle tissue of the tibialis anterior. It's a muscle. When I mentioned the "deadening" I am speaking of the tibia itself. So that's that.
That kick is used effectively everyday and it isn't about damaging muscle tissue, as I've already said. You're having trouble understanding what I mean by that. It isn't aimed at muscle tissue. THAT'S why it wasn't designed to do damage to muscle tissue. It has nothing to do with how hard he turned his hip over. That said, that kick was like 75% power, MAX. If you knew jack-shit about mma or Muay Thai or even kickboxing, you'd know that. Then again, if you knew anything about this stuff, we wouldn't be having this retarded lopsided "debate".
You're wrong bud. You shoulda just left it at that.