Resident physician David Liang, based out of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) gives us his perspective on the Chito Vera / Sean O’Malley fight finish.
Vera and O’Malley met for a highly anticipated co-main event at UFC 252. It was exciting while it lasted, but the stunning ending left many fight fans confused. Fluke or legit finish?
Let's break it down.
💥 First off, it seems that the calf kick may have struck again!
💥 For quick review, a nerve called the common peroneal travels behind the fibular head on the outside of your lower leg. When not damaged, this nerve's branches powers the muscles that point your foot up and keep it from buckling inwards. You can see from the clip that Vera's kick lands precisely on the sweet spot. And just moments later, you can tell that O'Malley's right ankle is already compromised. But is that the whole story?