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Knockouts of the Day: Shannon Ritch Lands the Superkick, Lil’ Evil vs. Joe Daddy

(Props: Inside MMA via TtoMyJ14)

At Shark Fights 2 in December 2008, Shannon Ritch ended John Wood’s night in 15 seconds with a technique that pro-wrestling fans will immediately recognize as a "superkick." Apparently it works in real life, too. This was the last in a four-fight win streak that Shannon had going in 2008, and if you know anything about The Cannon’s career, you know what a big deal that is. Fun fact: Ritch’s last 26 fights have ended in the first round; he won 10 of those fights.

After the jump: An early highlight from Jens Pulver’s vast body of work that you probably haven’t seen before.

(Props: crowbar)

Picture it — the third Bas Rutten Invitational tournament, June 1999. Jens Pulver (2-1 at the time) meets up with a 16-year-old Joe Stevenson (2-0); things do not go well for Joe Daddy. Stevenson crumbles after the first left uppercut landed by Pulver, and the fight is stopped in just 38 seconds, which is a good thing since Jens jacks his hand up pretty badly in the process. Pulver would make his UFC debut — a draw against Alfonso Alcarez at UFC 22 — just three months later.

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fatbellyfrank- March 11, 2010 at 2:17 am
sweet chin music is legal wherever it's used
KidKabbage- March 10, 2010 at 8:09 pm
Is that kick legal in the UFC?
4th and Schlong- March 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm
Pulver is bigger than Daddy in this video. Puberty a bitch son.
BrandonTheTruth- March 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm
Who gives a damn about the lack of "modern rules"... what about common sense? Why would they allow a 16 year old in the tournament? That's mind boggling.
DazedNConfused- March 10, 2010 at 11:47 am
Wow Joe Daddy pussed out hard. He wasn't even knocked out, he just felt a hard punch for the first time. Then again when I was 16 I was wrestling grown crocodiles for rent money. So maybe my opinions a bit skewed.
The Lizardking05- March 10, 2010 at 11:46 am
I'm surprised that wood's got knocked out given the fact that ritch didn't even set up that sweet chin music properly... you people who seen how it "really" works know what i
NateGetsIrate- March 10, 2010 at 11:02 am
I know a couple people pointed it out already but that was the best display of some Sweet Chin Music right thar. Shawn Michaels must feel like a proud papa.
cecils_pupils- March 10, 2010 at 10:38 am
^^^ dude, that's kinda fucked up... but still funny.
Crap Factory- March 10, 2010 at 8:51 am
Transitioning from a lack luster career in MMA to one in pro wrestling should be an easy move for him.

I wonder if Evan Tanner is kicking Corey Haim in the head in heaven right now?
cecils_pupils- March 10, 2010 at 8:49 am
Damn... dude's head was clearly lifted off of his neck and shoulders with that kick... fuckin' ouch!
Kevin Marshall- March 10, 2010 at 8:49 am
Later on that same evening, Shannon Ritch turned on his tag team partner by throwing him through a barber shop window.
stingrza- March 10, 2010 at 8:39 am


Nut Puncher 9000- March 10, 2010 at 8:27 am
I can picture Joe Rogan now with his lines about how he wonders why front and side kicks are not used often.
Yves Latrine- March 10, 2010 at 8:22 am
Dude, that was a side-check kick, ask James Toney. His dad invented that shit.
Viva Hate- March 10, 2010 at 8:08 am
Well a few of the female wrestlers are pretty hot in a slutty way, correct.
meanfinger- March 10, 2010 at 8:04 am
u just call it a soap opera because u dream about it in the shower.
Viva Hate- March 10, 2010 at 7:52 am
Shannon Ritch Vs. Shawne Michaels at Wrestlemania! A battle of the superkicks!

Only problem is one is real and one is during a soap opera.
robthom- March 10, 2010 at 7:50 am
Boy the way Glen Miller played
Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like Jens he had it made,
Those were the days.
ben- March 10, 2010 at 7:47 am
@ provrorsbarn: This was 1999, at an event organized by Bas Rutten.  Let's just say modern rules didn't apply...
provrorsbarn- March 10, 2010 at 7:46 am
is it legal to fight pro MMA when your 16?
LargeMidget- March 10, 2010 at 7:41 am
That is also known as the front side heel kick, and I'm glad to see somebody finally put it to good use in MMA.