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 Spinning Wheel Kick for Every Occasion
At UFC Halifax last night, middleweight Thiago Santos scored an early contender for Knockout of the Year with a hellacious spinning wheel kick finish of Jack Marshman. So in the interest of relevancy (and potential SEO clicks), I figured: why not upload a handful of videos demonstrating this beautiful technique? You're right, I do have awesome ideas!
We shall begin with Strikeforce and UFC veteran Adlan Amagov, who finished Maskhat Akhmetov with the kick just 17 seconds into their ProFC: Union Nation Cup 4 bout in a part of Russia that I could not even begin to pronounce. It would be Akhmetov's first and only bout as a professional martial artist, which I think was a solid decision on his part. Because, you know, I'm pretty sure that he has yet to wake up from that kick.
Next up, we have Badr Hari's spinning hook kick KO of Stefan Leko from K-1's 2005 World Grand Prix. I can say little more of it other than that it is perhaps the most vicious form of the kick ever landed on a human person.
You'd think that a spinning back kick KO would be something akin to scoring a hole in one: a perfectly-timed, perfectly placed shot that nonetheless will only happen once in your lifetime if you're lucky. Then again, neither you nor I happen to be Konstantin Gluhov, a Latvian-Russian heavyweight kickboxer and muay Thai champion who has scored two spinning hook kick knockouts over the course of his career. This is the first one. It is brutal.
Finally, we have "Groovy" Lando Vannata's destruction of John Makdessi from UFC 206. To paraphrase famed domestic abuse advocate Jackie Gleason, it would be safe to say that Vanatta's kick hit Makdessi pow, right in the kisser and almost certainly sent his soul bang, zoom, to the moon.