In a recent video posted on Eddie Hall’s YouTube channel, the retired World’s Strongest Man took a leg kick from UFC heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall in a series of intense MMA challenges.
Before the clash, a nine-year-old MMA prospect stepped up to deliver a leg kick to Hall. It was a stark reminder of the devastating potential of leg kicks in mixed martial arts. The UFC star chose to engage without protective pads, and it ended up him receiving severe harm.
The impact of that single leg kick on Hall highlighted the significant damage such strikes can inflict in a bout, solidifying their status as a potent skill in MMA.
Aspinall then seized his opportunity to deliver a leg kick of his own. Although Hall shielded his leg with a padded mat, the power behind Aspinall’s strike still caused visible discomfort. This subsequent, more forceful kick elicited even greater pain from Hall.
Returning to the Octagon in July of this year, Aspinall secured a resounding victory over Marcin Tybura after a year-long hiatus due to a knee injury sustained in his defeat to Curtis Blaydes. It later emerged that the heavyweight had suffered an ACL rupture.
The Salford-born star is still expected to compete for the UFC heavyweight championship in future, with Ciryl Gane as a potential opponent next. Perhaps he will face the current heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the future.
In the video, Aspinall candidly shared his perspective on the excruciating impact of leg kicks, likening it to being struck with a baseball bat. He said: “It’s like taking a baseball bat to the leg, honestly it is so painful.”
He added: “I kicked someone and smashed my knee, so it’s dangerous to keep someone, and also someone kicked me and broke their shin. So I’ve been on both sides of it.”