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Illegal Knockout of the Day: Chan Sung Jung’s Spinning Backfist

(Skip to the 2:35 mark for the good stuff. Props: MMA Share)

A spinning backfist knockout is a lot like an open container of alcohol.  It’s really great in the places where it’s allowed, but a good way to have your night ruined in the places where it isn’t.  Unfortunately for "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung, the "It’s Showtime" event in Prague is the kind of place that frowns upon such displays of 360-degree backfistedness, even if the Czechs don’t exactly have their own word for it.  Guess we’ll have to add it to our list.

The sad thing is, to us it’s a highlight reel knockout.  To them, it’s cause for a disqualification.  Much like gun laws in the U.S., the legality of various strikes can change just as soon as you cross the border into a new place.  That’s why you always call ahead first.  I learned that lesson the hard way after my soccer kicks and head stomps did not go over well at my cousin’s wedding in Arizona.  I’m just saying, why even have an open bar if you don’t want to have any fun? 

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FrankAndersson- February 17, 2010 at 11:53 am
about five seconds before Pajonsuk goes to sleep the commentator says in swedish: "by the looks of it, PajonsukĀ“s gonna win this fight but he does not impress me very much. he keeps a slow pace AND GETS HIT BY A... A... SPINNING BACK FIST!!!"
u got to love mma, shit will happen when u least expect it.
SweetAfflictionShirt- February 17, 2010 at 8:28 am
Possibly lost in translation:

"I am sorry, but we were using golf scoring. You have failed."

@ the glza
Sayyyy whaaaaaaat?
the glza- February 17, 2010 at 8:12 am
spinning backfists are so freakin cheap.
Dante- February 17, 2010 at 8:11 am
Naked Rear Poke FTW!
Wrye Bash- February 17, 2010 at 7:41 am
I won that fight. You guys!
Viva Hate- February 17, 2010 at 5:46 am
Every time someone hits a spinning backfist Shonie Carter masturbates.
Numa- February 17, 2010 at 5:43 am
I love when they announce the winners... how both fighters are like... uhhh say what? Even after having it explained to them, it's like they just saw their first naked 'juicy girl'.
bundy- February 17, 2010 at 5:39 am
Backhanded strikes are not allowed in boxing or kickboxing, but are allowed in thai boxing and mma(obviously)
AussieJosh- February 17, 2010 at 1:01 am
The Reff tried to rip his shoulder out after he got KOd!
NateGetsIrate- February 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm
You could totally tell the other guy didn't even concieve of a backfist coming at him. That probably was the Korean's only chance to win considering how the fight was going up until that happened.

But that cocky bastard had it coming. Anybody else notice how he was all showboating and shit? I woulda ro-shambo'd his ass, as soon as went for a high kick.
JiMMA- February 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm
Iron Fist- February 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm
What size gloves are they using?
bradleythomas- February 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm
I've heard cheaters never win but I'd rather lose than get a trophy and the cerebral damage that came with it.
Jason19d2000- February 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm
I can't imagine why this would be illegal, especially in a kickboxing match. Why was the ref moving him around like that after he got KOed? The guys neck could be broken, moving him around probably ins't the best thing to do....I think that's health 101....
Naked Rear Poke- February 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm
Maybe Sung Jung should've CHZECHed the rule book!


Give me a t-shirt, I'm awesome!
Smitty- February 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm
Nice touch with the music from the Olympics playing in the background at the end of the video. He still got KTFO!!!!
mondooh- February 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm
They dont like spinning back fist =( but they sure like them some Olympic games soundtracks??? ohhh those crazy Czachs
Tobias Borg- February 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm
edit.. first!
Tobias Borg- February 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm
The comments are in swedish.