Behold, the First “Rock Bottom” Knockout in MMA History [VIDEO]


(Hat tip: MiddleEasy)

I’ve been saying that more MMA fighters should start incorporating professional wrestling moves into their arsenal from the very moment that Anthony Pettis channeled Rey Mysterio Jr. to kick Ben Henderson in the face. Mixed martial arts is sports entertainment at the end of the day, and who among us wouldn’t pay to, even three times as much for a ticket if there was even the slightest chance of seeing a knockout via The Worm?

Goldy: “Scotty Too Hotty-esque in his fluidity is Demetrious Johnson, Joe.”

Rogan: “UN-BE-LIEV-A-BLE!!”

Thankfully, it appears that former Bellator bantamweight Luis Nogueira has been listening to my impassioned cries for change and delivered just that in the form of MMA’s first ever Rock Bottom KO.

Video after the jump. 

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(Hat tip: MiddleEasy)

I’ve been saying that more MMA fighters should start incorporating professional wrestling moves into their arsenal from the very moment that Anthony Pettis channeled Rey Mysterio Jr. to kick Ben Henderson in the face. Mixed martial arts is sports entertainment at the end of the day, and who among us wouldn’t pay to, even three times as much for a ticket if there was even the slightest chance of seeing a knockout via The Worm?

Goldy: “Scotty Too Hotty-esque in his fluidity is Demetrious Johnson, Joe.”

Rogan: “UN-BE-LIEV-A-BLE!!”

Thankfully, it appears that former Bellator bantamweight Luis Nogueira has been listening to my impassioned cries for change and delivered just that in the form of MMA’s first ever Rock Bottom KO.

Video after the jump. 

On the undercard of last weekend’s Pancrase event, Nogueira effortlessly dispatched his journeyman opponent, Yuki “Brave Devil” Baba, with a hellacious slam that would’ve made Dwayne Johnson shed a tear and then wipe it up with a $1000 bill. Check out the finish below.

Now, I suppose you could *technically* write this off as just another run-of-the-mill slam KO, but I’d like to think that Nogueira had just finished watching a WWE Ultimate Rock Bottom Compilation in the locker room and decided to put theory to practice.

In any case, the win improved Nogueira to 20-4 overall and dropped Baba to 11-7. Now if Nogueira can go ahead and figure out a way to chokeslam his next opponent into a flaming casket, we’ll finally be making some progress with this while MMA thing.

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Knockout of the Day: Ammy Fighter Gets Kneed Into La La Land, Literally

For those of you who thought we’d never see a more cartoonish, WWE-esque reaction to a knockout than Rolles Gracie’s Flair Flop at WSOF 5, boy oh boy do we have a treat for you.

Inside MMA have always been a great source for amatuer and local fight highlights across the globe, but they may have outdone themselves with this clip from last month’s VCFC: Danville Destruction 5 event in Virginia. In an amateur match between welterweights Chris Henderson and Chris Gardner, Henderson landed a knee from the clinch so vicious, so devastating, that it sent his opponent into a 360 degree tailspin complete with airplane arms before faceplanting him on the canvas. It was absolutely ridiculous, and even after some two dozen views, I’m still not convinced that the whole thing wasn’t a work.

Video after the jump. 

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For those of you who thought we’d never see a more cartoonish, WWE-esque reaction to a knockout than Rolles Gracie’s Flair Flop at WSOF 5, boy oh boy do we have a treat for you.

Inside MMA have always been a great source for amatuer and local fight highlights across the globe, but they may have outdone themselves with this clip from last month’s VCFC: Danville Destruction 5 event in Virginia. In an amateur match between welterweights Chris Henderson and Chris Gardner, Henderson landed a knee from the clinch so vicious, so devastating, that it sent his opponent into a 360 degree tailspin complete with airplane arms before faceplanting him on the canvas. It was absolutely ridiculous, and even after some two dozen views, I’m still not convinced that the whole thing wasn’t a work.

Video after the jump. 

I mean, that has to be fake, right? Aside from the fact that Henderson’s knee didn’t even appear to land that flush, there’s just no way you can tell me that Gardner’s reaction to said knee was anywhere on the spectrum of normal. It’s even worse when you watch it in gif form:

Yep, these two were definitely in on it, most likely to score some free publicity. Goal achieved, gentlemen. Goal achieved.

The win improves Henderson to 3-0 as an ammy (with all finishes) and drops Gardner to 5-12. He may never be a champion or even a journeyman, but let’s hope that Gardner can rest assured knowing that he will forever be embedded in the cultural grain of MMA thanks to this gif. I can already see the memes…

Me After a Long Day at the Office

How Drunk White Girls Get Into Bed

When It’s Only Monday And You Already Can’t Even

When You Realize You’re Out of Bagel Bites

(Props: AXS TV via Uproxx)

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Meanwhile, In Boxing: Gabriel Bracero DESTROYS Danny O’Connor in PBC Main Event


(Referee Arthur Mercante Jr’s follow-up People’s Elbow seemed a touch unnecessary, IMO.)

Gabriel Bracero is not exactly what you’d call a “power puncher.” With just 5 knockouts in his 24 professional wins (the last of which came back in 2012), he’s probably one of the last welterweights in the game that you’d expect to see walk away from Saturday’s PBC on NBC Sports Net main event with a “Knockout of the Year” contender under his belt. BUT THAT’S JUST WHAT HE DID, YOU GUYS.

Paired up against Irish-American Danny O’Connor in a rematch of a 2011 contest that saw Bracero emerge victorious by unanimous decision, “Tito” needed just 41 seconds to ensure that there would be no trilogy match, capitalizing on a lazy left hand by O’Connor with an absolutely devastating overhand right that shut his opponents lights out.

Video after the jump. 

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(Referee Arthur Mercante Jr’s follow-up People’s Elbow seemed a touch unnecessary, IMO.)

Gabriel Bracero is not exactly what you’d call a “power puncher.” With just 5 knockouts in his 24 professional wins (the last of which came back in 2012), he’s probably one of the last welterweights in the game that you’d expect to see walk away from Saturday’s PBC on NBC Sports Net main event with a ”Knockout of the Year” contender under his belt. BUT THAT’S JUST WHAT HE DID, YOU GUYS.

Paired up against Irish-American Danny O’Connor in a rematch of a 2011 contest that saw Bracero emerge victorious by unanimous decision, “Tito” needed just 41 seconds to ensure that there would be no trilogy match, capitalizing on a lazy left hand by O’Connor with an absolutely devastating overhand right that shut his opponents lights out.

Video after the jump. 

Oof…the sound of O’Connor’s head as it bounces off the canvas.

Of course, this being boxing, Bracero was quick to bless the man he had just destroyed in his post-fight interview.

“God Bless Danny O’Connor, I wish him the best. My message to him (after he got up was not to be depressed). I was down after my last fight, I was depressed and I didn’t want him to do that.”

I can’t imagine why O’Connor would be depressed, what with him recently having the part of his brain that identifies feelings being forcibly removed and all.

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Has Everyone Already Seen This Video of Clint Hester’s Superman Elbow Knockout?

So I’m trolling my way through r/MMA this morning because I am a legitimate MMA journalist and that is how I start the morning hunt for news, when I come across this mini-gallery of standing elbows in MMA. While it’s missing most of the classics (Silva-Fryklund and Mein-Cyborg come to mind), it does include a gif of one of my personal favorites: Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde from the TUF 17 Finale. Just an absolutely beautiful bit of violence, there.

Being unable to remember the last time I saw Hester in the octagon, I start Googling “Headbussa” (eesh) to find out what he’s been up to. The answer is an all too familiar one for fighters these days: Dealing with an injury. Specifically, Hester has been recuperating a broken foot that forced him out of his Fight Night 63 scrap with Luke Barnatt just last month. Funny how you forget who’s been out for how long when you’re reading/writing about injuries every day (looking at you, Khabib, Gusty, Cain, Dominic…).

Anyways, while catching up on the whereabouts of Hester, I happen to stumble across a video from his (apparent) muay Thai days back in 2010. In it, Hester finishes his opponent with a SUPERMAN ELBOW that looks like something straight out of a comic book. My question is: Has everyone already seen this video? And if so, why does it not receive more praise for being the technical brilliance it displays?

You guys should probably give this video a look, is what I’m saying.

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So I’m trolling my way through r/MMA this morning because I am a legitimate MMA journalist and that is how I start the morning hunt for news, when I come across this mini-gallery of standing elbows in MMA. While it’s missing most of the classics (Silva-Fryklund and Mein-Cyborg come to mind), it does include a gif of one of my personal favorites: Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde from the TUF 17 Finale. Just an absolutely beautiful bit of violence, there.

Being unable to remember the last time I saw Hester in the octagon, I start Googling “Headbussa” (eesh) to find out what he’s been up to. The answer is an all too familiar one for fighters these days: Dealing with an injury. Specifically, Hester has been recuperating a broken foot that forced him out of his Fight Night 63 scrap with Luke Barnatt just last month. Funny how you forget who’s been out for how long when you’re reading/writing about injuries every day (looking at you, Khabib, Gusty, Cain, Dominic…).

Anyways, while catching up on the whereabouts of Hester, I happen to stumble across a video from his (apparent) muay Thai days back in 2010. In it, Hester finishes his opponent with a SUPERMAN ELBOW that looks like something straight out of a comic book. My question is: Has everyone already seen this video? And if so, why does it not receive more praise for being the technical brilliance it displays?

You guys should probably give this video a look, is what I’m saying.

I know, right? Clint Hester needs to heal himself up and get back to doin’ the damn thang. /nostalgia.

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Falling Tree Knockout of the Day: Theo Michailidis Wrecks Corrin Eaton With a Spinning Back Elbow

(Props: BCMMAUK via MiddleEasy)

I don’t know anything about London-based featherweight Theo Michailidis, other than the fact that he’s fought a bunch of guys with charmingly foreign names. (Kenzos Xristos! Giorgi Papuasvilli! Alex Bilobrovaka!) Last Saturday at BCMMA 9, Michailidis took on the relatively normal-named Corrin Eaton, and blasted him in the jaw with a devastating spinning back-elbow near the end of the first round. Eaton stiffens up and falls directly backwards; falling tree knockout has been achieved. Also, I think the ref’s t-shirt says “MAKE TEA NOT WAR,” which is 1) incredibly British, and 2) kind of unexpected in a combat sports setting.


(Props: BCMMAUK via MiddleEasy)

I don’t know anything about London-based featherweight Theo Michailidis, other than the fact that he’s fought a bunch of guys with charmingly foreign names. (Kenzos Xristos! Giorgi Papuasvilli! Alex Bilobrovaka!) Last Saturday at BCMMA 9, Michailidis took on the relatively normal-named Corrin Eaton, and blasted him in the jaw with a devastating spinning back-elbow near the end of the first round. Eaton stiffens up and falls directly backwards; falling tree knockout has been achieved. Also, I think the ref’s t-shirt says “MAKE TEA NOT WAR,” which is 1) incredibly British, and 2) kind of unexpected in a combat sports setting.

This Tornado Kick Falling Tree KO Might Have “Knockout of the Year” Wrapped Up [VIDEO]

(Props: mmaUNDERGROUND/Staunch Top Team)

On November 1st in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, Muay Thai ace Jonathan “Jungle Doctor” Tuhu obliterated his opponent with a 360-degree kamikaze-style tornado kick. Now, we’ve seen some pretty fantastic spinning-kick knockouts this year, but what sets this one apart is the reaction of the KO-victim, who drools out his mouthpiece, drools a little bit more, then falls to earth in the most dramatic falling tree impression since Vovchanchyn vs. Bueno. Honestly, this might be the greatest falling tree knockout ever. If you disagree, please let us know in the comments section and provide visual proof.


(Props: mmaUNDERGROUND/Staunch Top Team)

On November 1st in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, Muay Thai ace Jonathan “Jungle Doctor” Tuhu obliterated his opponent with a 360-degree kamikaze-style tornado kick. Now, we’ve seen some pretty fantastic spinning-kick knockouts this year, but what sets this one apart is the reaction of the KO-victim, who drools out his mouthpiece, drools a little bit more, then falls to earth in the most dramatic falling tree impression since Vovchanchyn vs. Bueno. Honestly, this might be the greatest falling tree knockout ever. If you disagree, please let us know in the comments section and provide visual proof.