11 Sep 2009 10:59:32 AM
You asked for it, and now you got it. Cage Potato presents the 8 most impressive striking displays we’ve ever witnessed in MMA. Please note that "impressive" doesn’t necessarily mean the best technical displays or most dominant victories. Naw son, there’s a range. Some are brutal, some are smoove, and some are just nice all-around displays. All are impressive for one reason or another, and our hats go off to the purveyors of beatdowns featured below. Enjoy…
#8: Takanori Gomi vs. Jens Pulver: Pride Shockwave, 12/31/04
Going into this fight, the conventional wisdom was that Pulver would want to stand and bang and Gomi would look to get things to the mat. As you see, that ain’t how it happened. Instead they traded a pleasing mix of low kicks, body shots, and power punches in a contest to see who would fall down first. Turns out that someone was Pulver, who couldn’t stand up to Gomi’s deceptive power quite as well as he thought. Really makes you wonder what happened to that Gomi. He sure was something to watch once upon a time.
While several of Fedor’s fights could arguably make this list, his one-minute destruction of “Big Daddy” gets the nod simply because it’s one of the best examples out there of Emelianenko’s nothing-but-power-punches approach to striking. From the moment he first unleashes his offense, Fedor hardly throws anything that isn’t a cannonball with evil intentions. Just listen to the sound of the punches hammering Goodridge in the opening seconds and see if it doesn’t remind you of a Gallagher show. Sure, he’s beaten better opponents in his time, and thrown more devastating one-punch KO’s, but this one really gives you a glimpse of how terrifying it must be to find yourself on the business end of a Fedor assault.
#6: Wanderlei Silva vs. “Rampage” Jackson II: Pride 28, 10/31/04