Muay Thai Legend Melchor Menor Breaks Bat with Shin at TUF Practice
Well, that's terrifying.
Asking two volunteers to hold a wooden baseball bat in place, Menor warmed up with three practice kicks before splintering the bat with a fourth, full-speed attempt.
A few things to note:
1) He broke a freaking baseball bat with his shin.
2) Did you hear those warm-ups? He didn't flinch. He enjoyed it. I need to rest, ice, compress and elevate my shins just from watching. That was nasty.
3) UFC veteran Dennis Hallman's reaction during the warm-up kicks aligned perfectly with my own.
4) He broke a freaking baseball bat with his shin.
Proper kicking technique can be devastating (NSFW language in that link), and Menor showcased this fact for Team Tate here.
One team member, bantamweight Cody Bollinger, was particularly impressed, saying: "Holy s***, dude. I've seen these on YouTube, and I finally got to see it in person. I've done some stupid stuff, but I"ll never try and break a f****** baseball bat with my shin."
This exhibition of kicking excellence shows the quality of instruction received by fighters during their stint on The Ultimate Fighter, and it also offers a valuable lesson in the power of the human mind.
Menor mentions that this feat is achieved through taking the pain to "another universe...Pain is only just but a few seconds."
I believe you, Menor. I do.
But I'm not kicking any baseball bats soon. I'll leave that up to you, sir.
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