In the world of mixed martial arts, every knockout is truly its own, unique, unconsciousness-inducing snowflake. From time to time, however, we are gifted a KO that truly defies the odds, our expectations, or even the common laws of physics. That's what the 'Insane KO of the Day' is all about.
Today's KO: A Taekwondo vs. Muay Thai match ends in Tornado Kick destruction
Though it's not technically mandatory, it is generally agreed upon that the most sportsmanlike way to begin a combat sports competition is with the traditional touching of gloves. We've seen some particularly unseemly fighters attempt to manipulate this ceremonial gesture for their own gains over the years, of course, with some garnering better results than others, but it doesn't change the fact that the least you can do before trying to take another man's head off is give him his proper dabs.
There is a third option that exists in the glove touch-fake glove touch paradox, however – one that can both catch your opponent off guard and absolve you of all wrongdoing in the process. I'm talking about the ol' running flying tornado kick option, obviously.
The best example of this technique that I've ever seen went down at Neo Fight 6 way back in the mid-2000's. In a matchup between a high-flying Taekwondo star and a traditional muay Thai fighter, the former opted to ignore the glove touch outright – not by faking it, but by simply flying at his opponent and annihilating him with a tornado kick while he stood there with his hand out like a donk.
You'll have to forgive the video quality, which was apparently recorded on a Casio wristwatch, but this KO is absolutely a sight to behold, and one that left the audience in hilariously stunned silence.
^That right there? That's me at any modern art gala/event, or when I'm listening to Tyron Woodley discuss his gripes against the UFC, or when I see someone post about "how lucky they are to have such a loving family/friends" on Facebook, or when...
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