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Wednesday Morning Link Club: The Dark Passenger

(Bryan Caraway and Miesha Tate as Dexter and some chick who’s about to get murdered. For more MMA fighter Halloween costume photos, hit up FiveOuncesofPain.)

– The Korean Zombie Vows Never To Fight ‘Zombie Style’ Again (MMA Convert)

– Must-See: Front Kick to the Chin Knockout (MMA Scraps)

– Faber The Key To Bantamweight Success In The UFC (

Manny Gamburyan: ‘WEC Fighters Deserve To Be In The UFC’ (

– Scott Coker: Melendez vs. Aoki 2 in Works for New Years Eve in Japan (LowKick)

– The Top Ten Audience Reactions in MMA, Vol. 2 (MiddleEasy)

Mike Brown Campaigning for WEC 53 Fight (Versus MMA Beat)

– The Method to Our Madness: FIGHT! Rankings Explained (FightMagazine)

Keith Jardine‘s Next Fight Postponed by Tropical Storm Tomas (MMA Fighting)

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macreadysshack- November 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm
No dishonor in going avoidsies here. This is about as much of a martial arts geek-out as I can handle. And that's saying something.
macreadysshack- November 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Hey, steampunk, you get my message back to you on that Art Jimmerson comeback thread?

Your props yesterday just may have been enough to get me out of retirement!

steampunk22- November 3, 2010 at 11:06 am
Hot damn! I was gonna post about whether or not that is a front inside crescent kick but I think I'm just gonna go for avoidsies.

Also, the Middle Easy series on audience reactions is pretty cool. I like the Sonnen one where the dudes are initially blown away that Anderson won and then quickly realize they should give Sonnen props for fighting a good fight.

macreadysshack- November 3, 2010 at 10:39 am
He didn't need a ton of power, either, cause he perfectly clipped that guy's chin as the dude was moving into the path of the kick.
macreadysshack- November 3, 2010 at 10:38 am
Okay, that bitch comes out PERFECTLY straight and lands on the inseam . No sideways momentum that I can detect. Sorry, I don't see the crescent kick, man. I'll admit it's weird and awesome, though. Also, he does retract it in an arc.

It is a tough call - that guy is super unorthodox. He even completely crosses his feet up before he throws it which is a gigantic NO NO in a standard MMA gym. Makes for a very fun to watch style, though. It's almost like some of these old traditional stylists are sharpening their game enough to actually compete with the 'Low risk/high reward' style that modern MMA is producing.

I can't wait for the day that some crazy assed Monkey Style Mo-fo comes out and actually wins some fights.
macreadysshack- November 3, 2010 at 10:29 am
Yeah, CAP10, I'm not calling it a front kick, either. It's some goddamn Kung-Fu shit, okay? When you're in a real dynamic fight, some of those 'perfect' form strikes turn out a little dirty (I'm sure that's nothing new to you - just mentioning it). Like a front kick that has a little arc and lands with the outsole - minute corrections for target mid strike can do that easily. It could just as easily . . . aw, hell, I guess I need to look at that link you posted. So much for lazy arguments. You're like a pitbull on this Crescent kick thing.
CAP10- November 3, 2010 at 9:35 am
It's not a matter of "enough arc"... it's a matter of having any arc at all. You do not land a front kick with the side of the foot and generate any impact power. It's simple physics. There had to be horizontal force and that force came from the arc, even if it isn't the flashy crescent kick that we all are used to.
macreadysshack- November 3, 2010 at 9:22 am
There was no where near enough arc on that to be considered a crescent kick. Let's all agree to disagree, well, let's all agree to disagree with CAP10. I hate to call it a sloppy front kick or a sloppy crescent kick - way too powerful. It's a lot more like something you'd see in an old school Kung-Fu style - slightly arced but still a plenty powerful kick, especially with that guy moving forward. Trust me, when I was seven years old to about fifteen, I did about forty zillion crescent kicks because they're so dope against knives (yes, I am kidding).

God, did I just come out of retirement (again) for this shit?
CAP10- November 3, 2010 at 8:53 am
@frndlylion: A front kick strikes with the ball of the foot or maybe even the bottom of the heel. That kick hit with the outside edge. The path of travel wasn't overly crescent-like, but if you look closely at some of the angles in that gif you'll see it isn't straight forward. Also at impact it is apparent that it indeed was the outside edge of the foot that landed against the jaw.

It isn't a classic inside-outside crescent kick (like in the link you posted), but it is much more a crescent kick than a front kick.

You can pick it apart with the frame-by frame view...
frndlylion- November 3, 2010 at 8:34 am
When your in karate class doing that kick 10x with each leg over and over and over, you never think thats the kick that is going to knock someone out. Spinning back kick or a nice round house kick are the ones you know have power. That was a straight up front kick. Usually used for creating distance or maybe nailing someone in the nads.

@cap10 That was a straight front kick, a cressent kick is named after the arc your leg travels when you throw the kick. Clearly demonstrated at the link below.
Kimbos Bread- November 3, 2010 at 7:08 am
That dude's wearing the best Miesha Tate costume eva!
CAP10- November 3, 2010 at 6:38 am
That's not a front kick, it's a crescent kick. Check out this gif for some different angles in slow motion...