TUF 17: Uriah Hall and the Craziest Spin Kick KOs in MMA History
As I watched Uriah Hall's heel send Adam Cella's unconscious body crashing to the canvas on the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter, I just couldn't help but channel my inner Smokey from the cult-classic stoner flick, Friday.
Yelling at the top of my lungs (and in my worst Chris Tucker impression) it sounded something like this: "Cella, you got knocked the f*** out, man!"
It's not like we haven't seen this move before, but there's just a certain aesthetic beauty to the spin kick that, for me, outshines all other striking techniques.
Hit the jump and check out the craziest spin kick KOs in MMA history.
NEF 3: Bruce Boyington vs. Keegan Hornstra
Slowly but surely, Maine has become a hotbed for New England MMA over the past few years. And with KOs like this, it's not hard to see why.
Check out the Pine Tree State's own Bruce Boyington deliver a brutal spin kick finish in this New England Fights! bout from last summer.
Desafio Dos Imortais: Cairo Rocha vs. Francisco Neves
When you think Brazilian martial arts, jiu-jitsu usually comes to mind. However, the quasi-dancing martial art of capoeira has proven to be pretty deadly from time to time inside the cage.
Just ask Francisco Neves, who ate a huge foot to the face from Cairo Rocha in December of 2011.
Strikeforce: Cung Le vs. Scott Smith 2
Who said that you can only knock people out with spin kicks to the head?
Sanshou specialist and current UFC middleweight Cung Le showed that the spinning back kick to the body can be just as brutal when he KO'd Scott Smith in their 2010 Strikeforce rematch.
UCMMA 28: Galore Bofando vs. Wendle Lewis
If you're a traditional martial arts fanatic (like me!) then you're going to love Ultimate Challenge MMA.
The UK-based promotion has featured many top sport karate and kickboxing specialists inside its cage, including welterweight Galore Bofando, whose spinning hook kick KO of Wendle Lewis stole the show at UCMMA 28.
NAC 24: Marcus Aurelio vs. Keegan Marshall
Cairo Rocha had a pretty sick capoeira kick KO against Francisco Neves in 2011, but there's another Brazilian striker who's been even more successful using the dancing art inside the cage (or in this case ring).
Check out Bellator vet Marcus Aurelio's insane 20-second finish of Keegan Marshall in the video embedded in this slide from 2009.
UFC 53: David Loiseau vs. Charles McCarthy
One-time UFC middleweight title challenger David "The Crow" Loiseau gave fans a memorable finish when he put away Charles McCarthy with a brutal spinning side kick to the gut.
One word: Ouch!
League-Sambo 70: Adam Haliev vs. Alexey Belaev
Spinning back kick doesn't work? Okay, let's try the ax kick.
Don't want to go down I see? How about a tornado kick to the face. Ahh, that did the trick.
Adam Haliev, you are one crazy kicking Russian!
UFC 105: Dennis Siver vs. Paul Kelly
Few fighters are as brutally effective with the spinning back kick than current UFC featherweight Dennis Siver.
While his Knockout of the Night winning kick over Nate Mohr was quite impressive at UFC 93, his gut-wrenching finish over Paul Kelly at UFC 105, pictured in this slide, was even nastier.
UCMMA 26: Michael Page vs. Ben Dishman
If you haven't heard of welterweight striker Michael Page, I implore you to spend the rest of your work day watching his spectacular moves on YouTube.
Hailed as the "UK's Anderson Silva," Page made waves in his MMA debut, tornado kicking Ben Dishman in the face at last year's UCMMA 26, which you can see in this slide.
I can't wait to see this fantastic striker make his US debut this March at Bellator 93 in Maine (see, I told you that state was becoming a hotbed for MMA!).
Rumble of the Kings: Marius Zaromskis vs. Bruno Carvalho
Although it was technically not a spin kick, Marius Zaromskis' somersault kick KO of Bruno Carvalho at Rumble of Kings is just as brutal and aesthetically beautiful.
The Lithuanian fighter nearly caught Brent Weedman with the same move in his recent loss at Bellator 86.
UFC 142: Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim
Before there was Uriah Hall's frightening finish, there was Edson Barboza's Knockout of the Year winning kick over Terry Etim at UFC 142.
Check out the first spinning wheel kick KO in UFC history in the video embedded in this slide.