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Cage Potato Tribute: The Leg Kick

(Antoni Hardonk vs. Sherman Pendergarst @ UFC 65, 11/18/06)

Leg kicks may not seem impressive to everybody, particularly certain MMA judges whose names rhyme with Schmecil Feeples, but as anyone who has ever been hit with a good one knows, they really, really hurt.  Sometimes they hurt so much that you want to quit fighting.  Other times they hurt so much that you have to quit fighting.  Still other times they just gradually chip away at you until you’re a fraction of the man you were when you entered the cage.  Leg kicks are not only an effective weapon that deserves to be scored with some respect for their cringe-inducing power, they can also end a fight.  They have ended fights, in fact, and probably will end a few more before this grand MMA experiment draws to a close.

And so, as a tribute to the power and majesty of the leg kick, we offer the following.  Take note, Cecil.

Bas Rutten vs. Ruben Villareal @ WFA: King of the Streets, 7/22/06

Cro Cop vs. Hidehiko Yoshida @ Pride Critical Countdown, 7/1/06

Pat Barry vs. Dan Evensen @ UFC 92, 12/27/08
Cro Cop vs. Hong Man Choi @ K-1 Dynamite 2008, 12/31/08

Brandon Vera vs. Michael Patt @ UFC 96, 3/7/09
Forrest Griffin vs. Raw Vegas VP @ Some Gym, 5/6/07

Marco Ruas vs. Damn Near Everybody

Maurice Smith vs. Tank Abbott @ UFC 15, 10/17/97

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jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 12:16 am
Double leg kick can be a effective exercise. It evolves plenty of flexibility and strength inside the back, which is a superb stretch for your chest and shoulders. Double leg kick also trains us to activate and strengthen the hamstrings.
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MMA42- November 13, 2009 at 5:05 pm
Slain = right. If a leg kick is done RIGHT (emphasize the term right) than it is brutal. As for Forrest Griffin, met him in person. Nice guy, down to earth, and at times will talk to himself at the most...random times. Again though, nice guy.
slaintedan- November 2, 2009 at 7:47 pm
Most people (see: typical MMA fans) think leg kicks aren't effective because they're used to watching MMA fighters throw sloppy leg kicks. There's a HUGE difference in the way a proper kickboxer/muay thai fighter throws a leg kick and a typical MMA fighter throws a leg kick.

Of course, the same can be said for the Jiu Jitsu skills of the average MMA fighter vs. a true BJJ practitioner.

MachidaVsSilva- November 1, 2009 at 10:12 am
I think leg kicks are bad ass. I don't understand why people don't think they are exciting. They hurt like hell and can cause a lot of damage. Do you have to receive one to understand? I always loved Forrest but now he just comes across as socially retarded. I feel sorry for him actually.
MachidaVsSilva- November 1, 2009 at 10:07 am
At first I thought Shogun won the fight hands down but after watching it again I can see why Machida got the nod. Shogun's kicks were paying dividends but he didn't collect. I am a Machida fan but have a lot of respect for what Shogun's going to bring to the rematch(delayed though it may be).
Chri534.- October 31, 2009 at 12:14 am
Does anyone else think Forrest should come out to 'Big Gun' by AC/DC (the music in the above Marco Ruas highlight video)?
for the love of mma- October 30, 2009 at 10:31 am
i hope you emailed this cecil peoples
G Funk- October 30, 2009 at 9:43 am
what fight was this guy watching???
Frank Dux- October 30, 2009 at 8:27 am
Hoost trains/has trained Pat Barry.
fACE7biter- October 30, 2009 at 7:29 am
Wow, I didn't need another reason to not like Forrest Griffin anymore, but CP just gave me another one. Can't believe I bought that overrated dickheads book.
MMAMoneyLine- October 30, 2009 at 6:30 am
Meat Truck vs. Jardine
Rejo- October 30, 2009 at 6:03 am
Totally off subject, but I would like to start a poll to poll you guys on how many of you would like CP to start a new poll. The current poll is a pretty interesting poll, but this poll has been up for an inordinate amount of time. So I think if everyone with a pole asks for a new poll we will then get one. Maybe it can be a poll to see how many people think I used a certain word too many times in this post asking for a new poll.................................................POLL
Jugger- October 30, 2009 at 5:58 am
One of the best leg kick clinics I've seen recently was Rob Emerson vs. Rafael Dos Anjos @ UFC 103. Absolutely relentless and brutal. I wonder of Cecil was a judge for that fight.
Fight Fan- October 30, 2009 at 4:23 am
Nice Forrest highlight! Those are hard to come by.

Playing devil's advocate, in the videos above, the look on the face of each guy who wins by leg-kick is one of disappointment. They throw up their hands and walk around the cage\ring as if to say "oh well, sorry fans, I tried".

The fans seem less than impressed as well.

Don't expect boxing fans to get too turned on by leg-kicks anytime soon.

Dr.- October 30, 2009 at 12:41 am
You got kicked, WITH A KICK!!!
voicekiller- October 29, 2009 at 8:33 pm
I've always thought Marco Ruas was the prototype of the modern MMA fighter. Knockout power, brutal kicks, killer submissions, aggression.
Iron Fist- October 29, 2009 at 8:17 pm
#Dmonicideals, Machida was clearly limping back to his corner in the later rounds and if you thought that the leg damage only "slowed Machida down a little", then you don't have a very good eye for the sport.

I am a fan of Machida, but it was clear that that Shogun's constant attack on Machida's legs and mid-section drastically changed the momentum of the fight. What I don't understand is why Shogun didn't change it up more and go for head kicks.
831 Son- October 29, 2009 at 7:51 pm
Haha that video of Forest kicking the interviewer reminds me when this Tae Kwon Do dude came into my Muay Thai gym and he didnt think muay thai was different than his martial art. Then my trainer sparred with him for like 1 minute and ended up fracturing his tibia and femur. Muay thai = the sickness.
Endocat- October 29, 2009 at 7:51 pm
even machida himself said he didn't feel right in the later rounds because of the kicks
Endocat- October 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm
It was an awesome fight

and shogun bent machida's legs plenty with those kicks
Dmonicideals- October 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Wow, you guys did a great job cleaning up the thread from 2 days ago on Sherdog where someone compiled all this information.

Yes, leg kicks can and do end fights and cause significant damage.

I realize that you didn't actually say it, but we all know what this is about. Yes, Shogun did land alot of kicks. Yeah, they slowed Machida down a little, but they never resulted in so much as a limp, a trip, or even a successful TD. So how effective could they really have been?

Why can't people just admit that they aren't giving EITHER fighter any credit for fighting as tough of a fight as they did?
Bringbackbabalu- October 29, 2009 at 7:03 pm
It is said there isn't the clip of JCVD from Bloodsport or whatever, THAT is the kind of thing that will get through to Cecil.
NateGetsIrate- October 29, 2009 at 7:02 pm
That was pretty dick of Forrest breaking that guy's leg.
Bob Reilly- October 29, 2009 at 6:15 pm
Ernesto Hoost never fought MMA. Why put his highlights up? That wouldn't make sense.
Cecil PeepHoles- October 29, 2009 at 5:55 pm
I am not impressed with your leg kick story.