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VIDEO: This Backflip Guard Pass Is the Coolest Thing You’ll See All Week


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We’ve seen all varieties of guard passes in MMA over the years: Chad Mendes’ front flip, Mark Hunt’s atomic butt drop, and perhaps most impressively, Ze Wu’s flying cartwheel groin stomp. We’ve seen Mark Coleman put himself into guard for reasons that remain a mystery to this day, but the one thing that all of these guard passes all seem to have in common? They don’t really work.

Yes, it’s a sad fact that the world of stylistic guard passes are, well, more style than substance when it comes right down to it, but that’s something Russian lightweight Dzhihad Yunusov was looking to change while competing at an Akhmat event this morning. Squaring off against Konstantin Veselkin and finding himself stifled by his opponent’s guard, Yunusov opted to skip the foreplay and get right to the main event — to deliver an incredibly muddled metaphor — back-flipping over Veselkin’s legs and right into side mount in one of the sickest sequences you’ll see this year.

As if that wasn’t enough, Yunusov then went on to submit Veselkin with a god dang Ezekiel choke in the closing moments of the second round. I think it’s safe to say that we should all probably be keeping an eye on this kid.

After the jump The full fight between Yunusov and Veselki.

(Hat tip: Uproxx)

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