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Knockouts of the Day: Check Out This Pair of Off-the-Cage Superman Punches

If any MMA movie ever is to be believed, the Superman Punch is not only the defining strike of our fine sport, but one that is both attempted and landed with 100% percent accuracy, be it in a sparring match, street fight, professional contest, or otherwise. Here’s Krzysztof Soszynski landing one in the Tapped Out trailer (with a sweet, MTV Cribs-style triple take to emphasize its awesomeness). Here’s, um, Krzysztof Soszynski landing one in the Here Comes the Boom trailer. It’s the first punch thrown in the Never Back Down trailer, and it’s thrown at literally the exact same moment (53 seconds in, by Heath Herring and Forrest Griffin, respectively) in the trailers for Never Surrender and Unrivaled.

It’s not hard to see why the Hollywood community has become so enamored with the Superman Punch — it’s an inherently dramatic technique that can be absolutely devastating when executed properly, and when combined with the cage-jumping antics of an Anthony Pettis? It’s enough to make Hector Echevarria cream his jock strap.

Case in point: the above gif of 6-2 Nick Laney landing a hellacious, off-the cage Superman Punch on Sebastian Kozok at Battlezone FC 8. Although the fight took place back in 2013, the incredible finish has only recently begun to make waves after popping up on reddit MMA this morning.

After the jump: A video of Laney’s incredible KO, and footage from another superb Superman punch that happened just last weekend.

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Knockout of the Day: Denmark Fighter Anna Elmose Tops Off a Violent Shellacking With a Curtsy


(Props: MiddleEasy via Uproxx)

The victory celebration is as important and iconic a moment in mixed martial arts as it is in any other sport — just think of or Tito Ortiz’s gravedigger routine or Chuck Liddell’s iconic open-arm-run-around-the-ring-screaming thingy. It’s a facet of victory that can not only serve as a fighter’s trademark, but one that can even heighten the atmosphere of a fight after the climax has already come and gone (phrasing). Say what you want about the guy, but Thiago Silva‘s knockouts wouldn’t be nearly as badass without his celebratory throat slit. The same goes for Gabriel Gonzaga‘s “HULK LOVE CAMERA!!” verbal attack.

At just 2-0 as a professional, it appears that Denmark-based bantamweight Anna “Panda” Elmose has already learned the correlation between signature celebrations and marketability. After viciously KO’ing her most recent opponent, Elmose opted for a victory routine that I can only describe as equal parts avante-guard and Canadian. She curtsied, Nation. She curtsied while her opponent laid unconscious in a puddle of her own spit and disappointment. Think of it as the anti-Tank Abbott, if you will.

Personally, I would have preferred to see Elmose link her nickname with her celebration and engage in a post-victory munching of a bamboo stalk, but then again, I’m not the one going viral today.

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Video: These Spinning Elbow Knockouts Are the Gift That Just Keeps on Giving (Concussions)


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It might not be as devastating as Theo Michailidis’ KO of Corrin Eaton, but the spinning elbow knockout Jordan Cameron scored on Luke Mark Catubig at the debut Hex FS event in Melbourne, Australia this past weekend was arguably just as flashy. Besides, it’s the second spinning elbow KO we’ve brought you in as many days, so what are you complaining about?

The savage finish improved Cameron’s record to 2-0-1. As for the now 3-4 Catubig, well, it might be time for Joe Rogan to have that talk with him.

-J. Jones

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Knockout of the Day: Serbian Kickboxer Ljubo Jalovi Scores a Vicious Flying Knee at Tatneft Cup 2015


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Heading into the Tatneft Cup 2015 finals last weekend, Serbian K-1 champion Ljubo Jalovi had compiled a 22-8-1 record with a ridiculous 95% knockout ratio. Paired up against Israeli K-1 champion Alex Trofimov — who himself holds an 88% KO ratio — it was safe to say that not many were expecting the fight to go the distance. They were not disappointed.

After a break in action midway through the first round, Jalovi loads up on a flying knee from halfway across the ring that drills Trofimov square in the jaw. Trofimov goes down faster than your mom after a couple glasses of pinot grigio and is probably still telling his family that he can’t wait until he fights in the Tatneft Cup 2015 finals this weekend. (They want to tell him what happened, but don’t have the heart. Not yet.)

-J. Jones

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Hi-larious Knockout of the Day: Amateur Fighter Sprints Across Cage, Destroys Opponent With “Usain Bolt” Punch


(Props to the UG.)

“Don’t be so hard on yourself, Tommy. There was literally no way you could have seen that punch coming.”

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Knockout(s) of the Day: A Vicious Flying Knee From Brazil and a Spinning Hook Kick From Jersey

Thanks to CP reader Lutkus for passing along this incredible footage from Talent MMA Circuit 10, which went down Sao Paulo, Brazil last weekend. Taken from a flyweight tilt between Chute Box’s Felipe Efrain and Marcelo Bispo, this is one of the most on-point flying knee knockouts you’ll see all week within the next two hours. Guaranteed.

After the jump: The far-and-away nastiest spinning back kick knockout you’ll ever see in this article, complete with a Dropkick Murphys soundtrack.

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Knockout of the Day: A Garbage-Ass WMMA Fight Ends With a Vicious Spinning Backfist


(Props: Hardrock MMA.)

Does anyone remember Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Kevin Jordan at UFC 56: Full Force? Terrible, just awful fight with an awesome ending? Meet the WMMA equivalent of that (or don’t, because we’ve kindly synched you up to the ending).

Yes, what at first was a run-of-the-mill, sloppily-contested amatuer fight between strawweights Joanna Bess and Kerri Jenkins* quickly became the thing of Hardrock MMA legend when Bess apparently enabled Super Saiyan mode by pressing Up, Down, Left, Right A+B+A+B, pulled a spinning backfist from the foulest depths of Hell, and uncorked it all over Jenkins’ mug less than 20 seconds into the third round. You think I’m exaggerating with that description? Listen to the sound her forearm makes when it lands. Look at Jenkins’ post-KO rigor mortis leg. IT LITERALLY FROZE HER IN TIME, GOD DAMMIT.

Joanna Bess is kind of like Robbie Lawler, in that if Joe Rogan was hyping her for a UFC pay-per-view, he would say that she “swings to kill you.”**

*who were both making their amateur debut, so could you even really be mad? 

**which, are you f*ckin’ kidding me, UFC marketing? You’re going to pledge money and support to a fighters brain health study one day and then use *that* line to hype a pay-per-view the next? I believe there’s a phrase for that…oh, what’s it called

-J. Jones

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Knockout of the Day: Who Says Flyweights Don’t Have Power?

If Demetrious Johnson‘s blistering first round KO of Joseph Benavidez at UFC on FOX 9 didn’t dispel the ridiculous rumors that flyweights lack knockout power (see also: Lineker, J.), we give you Tim Flores, an ammy flyweight fighting out of western Mass who absolutely torched Dan Krall at Warrior Nation XFA VII. Although the fight went down back in November, footage has only recently been uploaded — clearly so the guys over at Warrior Nation XFA could whip up that epic intro tune and graphic.

Without giving too much away, I will say that Flores blisters Krall with an overhand right 18 seconds into the first round. OK, that might’ve sounded like I just gave it away, but the manner in which Krall crashes to the canvas is still a mystery, right? Falling tree? Lawn chair? I’m the worst.

The win improved Flores’ amatuer record to 2-1, and he has since collected a third round armbar victory over YuShun Tsou back in January. Major props to WesternMassMMA for passing this along, and be sure to head over there for all the latest updates on the Mass MMA scene.

-J. Jones

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[VIDEO] Alida Gray Scores the Most Vicious (Strawweight) One-Punch KO of All Time


(Major props to MMAFighting for the find. KO comes at the 52:00 mark.)

Easily the biggest criticism aimed at the smaller MMA weight classes over the years has been their (apparent) inability to finish fights. John Lineker, John Dodson, Joseph Benavidez — these are guys who couldn’t put away a Taco Bell $5 Buck Box if they had been starved for three days prior, let alone an opponent of top 10-caliber (which in their miniscule divisions is essentially everybody). And unfortunately for these smaller weight classes, the “Decisions Can Be Entertaining” Theory was all but disproven this past weekend with the snorefest that was Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler II. In short, any fight contested below 170 lbs. is a complete waste of our precious time.

Enter Alida Gray, an undefeated strawweight (strawweight!!) who has scored three straight finishes in three straight fights. How did Gray pick up her most recent win, you ask? By absolutely crushing Soannia Tiem at 24/7 Entertainment 12 – State of Emergency on October 26th, that’s how. Check out the earth-shattering KO above, compliments of Youtube user Savoy Smith, then apologize for every mean thing you’ve ever said about straw/fly/bantam/featherweight fighters in the comments section.

Personally, I just hope that there are more *real* killers like Alida out there, because I simply cannot sit through another 25-minute Ronda Rousey wall-n-stall clinic. And don’t even get me started on that Jose Aldo guy…

-J. Jones

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Knockout of the Day: David Loiseau KO’s Mike Kent Three Times in Fifteen Seconds at ECC 18 – Road to Glory

David Loiseau is what you’d call a “Jekyll and Hyde” fighter. In his last four UFC appearances dating back to 2006, “The Crow” hasn’t exactly looked like the guy who once made Charles McCarthy shit out his own intestines, to put it revoltingly. You could even go as far as to say that he’s looked like “a canned dog shit sundae.” Yet when Loiseau’s paired against some young gun on the local circuit, like he was against Mike Kent at ECC 18 – Road to Glory last weekend, he manages to not only come away with a vicious KO victory, but technically three KO victories, in under fifteen seconds.

You can check out the above video to see what we mean, but on the off chance you live in one of those strange countries where Youtube videos aren’t easily accessible, allow me to break down the fight in the style of Bas Rutten:

“OK, here we go. David Loiseau is good with the kicks so let’s see what he’s gonna do ‘ere. Right straight and BONG! De left hook catches Kent right on his whoopsie-daisy! He’s down…David following up with some ground and pound and BING! BANG! DANGADADANG!! It’s over.

Personally, I would have let Kent back up and broke his liver to teach him a lesson but that’s just me. ZABADA-DABADA Brian Urlacher’s a pussy.”

With the win, Loiseau notched his fourth straight victory since being ousted from the UFC during his third tour of duty in 2010. Anyone see him making a fourth run at the big time?

-J. Jones

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