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Knockout of the Year Candidate: Jason “Grasshopper” Jenkins Channels Edson Barboza and Then One-Ups Him

(Props to CP reader Jason Jenkins for delivering both the video and the knockout-to-end -all-CP-reader-knockouts.) 

We’ve only said this once in the history of CagePotato, but thank God for Facebook. If not for this social networking device, we would have never come across CP reader Jason Jenkins’ incredible knockout that occurred over the weekend at Ultimate Impact K1 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The video, which Jenkins passed along to us just a couple of hours ago, features the “Grasshopper” going full on Edson Barboza on his opponent, Phill Savage, delivering an incredible spinning wheel kick KO less than a minute into their fight. The fact that he throws an extra spin into his kick for good measure makes the knockout all the more impressive. Seriously, it is probably the coolest finish we’ve seen since Cairo Rocha’s Capoeira style destruction of Francisco Neves back in December of 2011.

(The fight begins at the 1:36 mark.) 

As you can see, the fight starts off at quite a pace, with Jenkins unleashing a few nice leg and body kicks before getting clinched up by Savage. When the ref breaks the action, Jenkins baits Savage with a jumping, spinning back kick before uncorking a hellacious tornado/wheel kick hybrid that looks less like a mortal technique and more like a fatality out of a freaking Mortal Kombat game. The cherry on the blood sundae has to be the crowd’s reaction, which is like listening to a couple dozen PRIDE-era Frank Triggs commentating all at once. Congrats, Mr. Jenkins, you are truly too legit to quit.

In closing, centrifugal forces are a bitch.

-J. Jones

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Mofo- June 4, 2012 at 8:49 am
Worth noting that it was all very Taekwondo. That shit finally worked for once.
linzhancq- June 3, 2012 at 9:41 am
BigWhiskey- May 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm
DAAAAMMN! One of the coolest KO's ever. This looks like a kickboxing match so I'm not sure how often something happens like that in them, but well worth the viewing. I haven't seen anything like that in MMA.
dbl11- May 29, 2012 at 11:43 am
why are they fighting in the dark?
Ricardo Guitardo- May 29, 2012 at 11:42 am
Too much spinning about
Anhonestmoose- May 29, 2012 at 11:17 am
Damn, that was pretty.
NomadRip- May 29, 2012 at 11:10 am
Sweet! Remind me never to talk internets shit to him!
MyFightWiffaCheeto- May 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

You know it's extra impressive when the CP Forums Collective comes out of hiding to log-in and comment on the front page.
LargeMidget- May 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm
^ this
angry little feet- May 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm
Oh we're hiding? And here I thought we were just a bunch of elitist pricks.
The12ozCurls- May 30, 2012 at 8:10 am
Can't you be both?
amsterdamheavy- May 29, 2012 at 10:29 am
Fried Taco- May 29, 2012 at 10:18 am
Nice. But why does Chrome keep telling me "This page has insecure content" on all the CP articles?
The12ozCurls- May 29, 2012 at 11:33 am
I think all of us here at CP - writers, commenters, and visitors alike - are all a little insecure. Chrome senses this and now it is turning into SkyNet - next thing you know, militant cyborgs with Google logos. We are all fucked now.
amsterdamheavy- May 29, 2012 at 10:29 am
I use Chrome and I am not getting that.
J. Jones- May 29, 2012 at 10:28 am
I'm not sure, Taco, but it's doing the same thing to me. I'll look into it.
jimbonics- May 29, 2012 at 10:09 am
jimbonics- May 29, 2012 at 10:09 am
Holy Fucking Christ! I'll even deal with this shitty comment system to say
Clyde- May 29, 2012 at 10:03 am
You have learned well Grasshopper. Top that one Pettis.
angry little feet- May 29, 2012 at 10:00 am
Holy Shit!That was beautiful!
The12ozCurls- May 29, 2012 at 9:38 am
Hot damn Grasshopper! Congrats. If you didn't land the kick, I am pretty sure you would have lost via dizziness. Good thing that dude's face was there to stop you from spinning. That was freaking awesome!
knucklesamitch- May 29, 2012 at 9:38 am
Oh. My. God.
KarmaAteMyCat- May 29, 2012 at 9:30 am
Holy shit I was eating a salad during the part where you kicked that dudes teeth out of his mouth! I no longer have a mouth full of Salad! WAAAAAAAAAAR JASON!
LargeMidget- May 29, 2012 at 9:28 am
WHAT? WHAT? DOUBLE SPIN WHEEL KICK? HOLY SHIT! Totally epic! This is tied with the double spin capoeira knockout from last year!

SWEET SHIT Grasshopper!