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Technique of the Day: The Spinning Back Kick

UFC 137 goes down tomorrow night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, and one fight that we feel is being criminally overlooked (televised on Spike or not) is the lightweight match-up between Dennis Siver and Donald Cerrone. Now, where both men are known for their elite striking game, its is Siver who has made his name off of the spinning back kick/turning side kick, picking up victories over Nate Mohr and Paul Kelly at UFC 93 and 105, respectively. Cerrone has stated that he feels the spinning back kick is Siver’s only weapon, and whether or not you agree with him (I don’t), you have to admit that it is one awesome weapon.

Above, non other than former UFC light heavyweight champion/Hawaii Five-0 star Chuck Liddell demonstrates his version of the kick, emphasizing the necessity of proper foot placement in order for the move to be successful. Below, we have included Joe Rogan’s breakdown of the move, as he’s been known to demonstrate it to the world’s finest fighters. Also, we’ve thrown in a brief Human Weapon segment devoted to the kick. If your one of those folks who likes to hand out candy on Halloween, this is a great method for dealing with those greedy kids who don’t understand that one Snickers is enough. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.


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IronClad- October 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm
that was the laziest most pathetic spinning back kick ever. Its like a stoner drinking redbull, you got wings but you dont feel like using them. Stick to teaching that over hand right to beer gut belly flop.
layzboybc- October 29, 2011 at 9:35 am
he is doing the textbook way they teach you in kempo. As a kempo fighter im sure this was how he was taught it was how I was taught to do the kick.
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Todd M- October 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm
Joe has one of the best turning kicks in the game, GSP even asked him to teach him it, Cung Le is my favourite though his kicks are a thing of beauty.
jfjjfjff- October 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm
conservatively approximating, joe's kick is about 5 zillion times better. chuck has no range, no extension, and isn't planted when the kick connects.
MMAposeur- October 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Yea, watched Chocolate Al's vid before hitting the jump and was thinking Joe's vid (and kick) was much better, way to represent CP.
Fried Taco- October 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm
@SonOfSerbia - didn't you get the memo? Gay fighters are okay now in the UFC. Uncle Chuck is just making them feel welcome.
itsgalf- October 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm
human weapon segment? ???
SonOfSerbia- October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm
whats with Chuck Lidell's big toes being painted black...almost as gay as the choice of music for the video
Mdollas- October 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm
Rogans kick = Much better

I think in one of chucks early amature fights he did KO somone VIA kick...cant find the video.. Steve Heath KO (Kick to the Head) IFC WC 9 - Warriors Challenge 9....

Guess its not a spinning back kick though..
omunto- October 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm
While I don't doubt the kicks effectiveness, I did like how Liddell corrected himself...
"I've dropped alot of guys... alot of guys, especially in training"
Before he corrected himself, all I could think of was how I've never seen him drop someone with this kick. Anyone else remember him dropping anyone with it?