(If it didn’t work for Ken Shamrock, then chances are it ain’t going to work for you.)
Look, spinning backfists aren’t for everybody. Sure, if you’re a malnurished Vietnam vet with a mean streak a mile long, then you can pretty much do whatever you want in the ring and get away with it. But if you’re an overweight amateur fighter who suddenly thinks he’s the white Yahir Reyes, it would probably be in your best interest to leave the study of centrifugal forces to the scientists. This theory also applies when you’re a trash-talking UFC middleweight fighting in the biggest rematch of your life against the pound-for-pound G.O.A.T who you have done nothing but belittle and insult for the past three or so years.
This was a lesson that Matt Lawrence would learn the hard way when he stepped into the ring against Dillon Cleckler at Island Fights 18.
The fight may have taken place at the end of August, but the video was just brought to our attention via Dean Toole on our Facebook page. Attempting to give you a play-by-play would do this video no justice, so instead we’ve provided you with a short pictorial of what must have been going through Lawrence’s head as he attempted such an audacious maneuver.
“OK, bro, all of your friends and family are here, so you better not eff this up, because if you pull this off, there’s no way Big Rhonda won’t at least give you a handjo outside the bowling alley like she said she would. This dude appears to be in a lot better shape than you are, so he probably won’t expect you to throw some hella-badass Haiduken or some shit. Alright, let’s set this chump up with a dainty leg kick.”
“Holy shit, he totally bought it! Handjo, here I come.”
“Play time’s over motherfucker. You just ended up on my highlight reel.”
“HERE COMES THE BOOMohshit!”