4 UFC Fighters with Punishing Leg Kicks

Anthony Fusco@fusconation16Correspondent IIINovember 28, 2012

4 UFC Fighters with Punishing Leg Kicks

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    If delivered properly, a leg kick can be a punishing tool.

    It can limit your opponent's mobility, do a great deal of damage and even finish a fight.

    Leg kicks are one of the most underrated strikes in MMA today. Some fighters deliver these kicks so well that their opponent's leg buckles and they fall to the mat.

    Here are four current UFC fighters with punishing leg kicks.

Jose Aldo

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    It is a fact that the UFC featherweight champion has some heavy leg kicks. I give that credit to his soccer background.

    Look no further than his WEC fight with Urijah Faber.

    Five rounds of hard kicks later, and Faber could barely stand upright.

    Aldo's leg kicks are vicious and no opponent wants to even attempt to take them.

Pat Barry

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    Pat Barry uses his K-1 level kickboxing to put some extra mustard behind his leg kicks.

    Barry's legs are the size of tree trunks, and with the technique he owns, his leg kicks are a dangerous weapon, indeed.

    He owns three stoppage victories with leg kicks and used them to punish Antoni Hardonk before he finished him with his fists.

Donald Cerrone

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    Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone has some of the most vicious leg kicks in the lightweight division.

    Cerrone is a former S-1 United States Muay Thai champion. It's no wonder his leg kicks are top-notch.

    Once Cerrone got going, he used his kicks in the later rounds of his fight against Nate Diaz. He also put on a Muay Thai and leg-kick clinic against Jeremy Stephens.

    His leg kicks are fast, effective and above all a dangerous tool.

Edson Barboza

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    Edson Barboza is another fighter on this list with excellent Muay Thai skills. That is why his kicks are so devastatingly effective.

    His leg kicks are crippling and fast, and he also uses them to set up punches and knees.

    He holds two stoppages due to leg kicks, one on Marcelo Giudici and later against Mike Lullo in his UFC debut.

    I imagine getting hit with a Barboza leg kick would feel a lot like getting hit with a baseball bat in the thigh.

    Quick, painful...and there goes my mobility.

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