In the world of combat sports, 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: Leave it to the Pros, Buddeh
Have you ever see a professional athlete break out some next-level move on TV and think to yourself, "I could definitely do that!", only to realize that you absolutely could not do that in a million years on even your best day when you actually try it out? In the realm of mixed martial arts, that's called "Lawrencing", and it comes from the night that amateur heavyweight Matt Lawrence fancied himself the next Shonie Carter and paid dearly for it.
Squaring off against Dillon Cleckler at Island Fights 18, Lawrence was very clearly trying to earn himself a shot in the big leagues with a highlight reel knockout -- specifically a spinning backfist, because who doesn't love one of those? The only problem was, Lawrence had never, ever attempted a spinning backfist in a fight before, as evidenced by the dainty leg kick setup he honest-to-God thought would trick Cleckler into letting his guard down.
What follows is perhaps the worst spinning backfist attempt in MMA history, followed by the pinpoint accurate counter right hand of a man who had zero time for his opponent's backyard amateur Youtube bullsh*t. The lesson here? Learn to walk before you run, especially if you're trying to run on a sheet of ice in a pair of olive oil-coated socks.
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