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: The No-Touch, Delayed Reaction Knockout
At XFC 28 last November, a middleweight bout between 1-0 prospect James Vake and 0-4, um, let's say "hard worker" Michael McDaniel was off to a regular start, with the latter using his massive size and reach advantage to control his opponent along the cage and pepper him with some stiff jabs. When Vake did manage to take the action to the ground about a minute in, McDaniel dug deep, gritting his way out a deep rear-naked choke attempt and then slamming his way out of an armbar attempt that followed. Yes, it looked like things were finally starting to come together for ol' Mikey boy.
While the XFC ringside doctors were quickly able to resuscitate McDaniel and diagnose his impromptu nap as the result of "a lack of oxygen to the brain during submission escapes", I think it's pretty clear that we've just witnessed the first ever instance of a fighter using mind bullets to defeat an opponent. This Vake character is some kind of telekinetic sorcerer and/or Highlander and/or Airbender from another dimension, obviously, and his acts of supernatural sabotage must be put to a stop before he can do any more harm to us Earthbound humans. Dude straight up threw Magnum at McDaniel and left him in a pile of his own wonderment.
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