We've talked about MMA's tendency to borrow moves from the world of professional wrestling time and time again here at Champions – that powerbomb knockout in January and that Naomi-style quadruple roundhouse kick KO last month being the two most recent examples. It's just a fact of life that the two sports have more in common than some would care to admit, to the point that we've even seen MMA stars like Ronda Rousey (and potentially, Miesha Tate) cross over from one to the other almost seamlessly.
This is all a long way of saying that, at Enfusion 47 in the Netherlands last weekend, we may have witnessed the first ever instance of kickboxing borrowing from the WWE when Luis Tavares pulled off this little number during his bout with Jegish Yegoian.
Yep, that's a banzai butt drop, aka the atomic butt drop, aka the finishing maneuver of WWE Hall of Famer Yokozuna, and Rikishi, although his was more of a rump-shaker. Here he is hitting it on Mr. Perfect during a 1993 event.
The banzai drop has also been attempted in MMA, if you can believe it.
MMA and kickboxing legend Mark Hunt attempted to use an airborne version of the maneuver as a way of passing Wanderlei Silva's guard during their battle at PRIDE Shockwave 2004. While the move ultimately failed in achieving what Hunt set out to do with it, it did earn him a place in MMA's eternal highlight reel.
Perhaps the most absurd thing in all of this is that Tavares was somehow not disqualified for doing this completely illegal and flagrantly dickish move during his fight, and actually went on to defeat Yegoian on points. We can only assume that Tavares will take this non-lesson into his next bout, where he will score the first Fisherman Suplex KO in kickboxing history.