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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.



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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.

Comments

  1. LargeMidget Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 07:41


    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.
  2. provrorsbarn Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 07:46


    is it legal to fight pro MMA when your 16?
  3. ben Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 07:47


    @ provrorsbarn: This was 1999, at an event organized by Bas Rutten.  Let's just say modern rules didn't apply...
  4. robthom Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 07:50


    Boy the way Glen Miller played Songs that made the hit parade. Guys like Jens he had it made, Those were the days.
  5. Viva Hate Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 07:52


    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.
  6. meanfinger Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 08:04


    u just call it a soap opera because u dream about it in the shower.
  7. Viva Hate Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 08:08


    @meanfinger, Well a few of the female wrestlers are pretty hot in a slutty way, correct.
  8. Yves Latrine Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 08:22


    Dude, that was a side-check kick, ask James Toney. His dad invented that shit.
  9. Nut Puncher 9000 Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 08:27


    I can picture Joe Rogan now with his lines about how he wonders why front and side kicks are not used often.
  10. stingrza Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 08:39


    SWEET. CHIN. MUSIC.
  11. Kevin Marshall Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 08:49


    Later on that same evening, Shannon Ritch turned on his tag team partner by throwing him through a barber shop window.
  12. cecils_pupils Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 08:49


    Damn... dude's head was clearly lifted off of his neck and shoulders with that kick... fuckin' ouch!
  13. Crap Factory Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 08:51


    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?
  14. cecils_pupils Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 10:38


    ^^^ dude, that's kinda fucked up... but still funny.
  15. NateGetsIrate Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 11:02


    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.
  16. The Lizardking05 Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 11:46


    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 mean...lol
  17. DazedNConfused Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 11:47


    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.
  18. BrandonTheTruth Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 01:47


    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.
  19. 4th and Schlong Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 02:43


    Pulver is bigger than Daddy in this video. Puberty a bitch son.
  20. KidKabbage Says:

    Wed, 03/10/10 - 08:09


    Is that kick legal in the UFC?
  21. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Thu, 03/11/10 - 02:17


    sweet chin music is legal wherever it's used
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