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Machete Says, in 8-19-2010 at 09:11:37 from    

Wtf…that dude is creative.

groundnpound Says, in 8-19-2010 at 09:14:49 from    

Seems like a student from Anderson Silva’s dance academy…

Prorok81 Says, in 8-19-2010 at 09:29:50 from    

Always good to see some creativity in the cage.

eltabasco Says, in 8-19-2010 at 10:32:23 from    

That’s capoeira, my friend

bobbylee Says, in 8-19-2010 at 10:47:08 from    

he messed up on the second one lol

juggernautakira Says, in 8-19-2010 at 11:02:36 from    

None of them really did much. A kick to the head should do some damage.

Steamer Bean Says, in 8-19-2010 at 11:12:31 from    

Eddie Gordo

tobes Says, in 8-19-2010 at 11:37:34 from    

i think the first kick definitely landed and at least rattled Roller’s brain if not stunned him.

the second one is pretty funny but just shows how striking that is versatile and unorthodox can be effective even in odd situations

when I see people doing crazy moves like these (or Jon Jones or Anderson Silva) I always think … Oh, they’re going to get embarassed pulling that weird stuff one day but the truth is that when someone does something crazy it either works, or the guy gets out of the way. I know this from training. People usually just get the hell out of the way of jumping kicks and things like those. So they usually aren’t effective but the payoff if they land can be good.

eg. a spinning back fist either lands and is effective or misses completely, but it is rarely countered with a KO punch.

the only crazy move that was countered heavily in my mind was Urijah Faber with a spinning back elbow when he was already off balance getting sat down with a Mike Thomas Brown cross

Another example of a fight where flashy stuff failed is Sokodjou vs Luiz Cane. Jumping kicks don’t work… :)

On the other hand, watch Rampage vs Shogun. Shogun’s ninja moves threw Page off… they messed with his head and then Shogun went to work.

Like I said, unorthodox moves might not seem sound, but sometimes they pay off.

hello Says, in 8-19-2010 at 11:49:32 from    

is it legal to kick to the back of the head?

sterling Says, in 8-19-2010 at 12:21:55 from    

LAWL @ Steamer.

The first one reminds me of how Jon Jones threw kicks against… that one guy… I forget his name. Jake O’Brien, I think.

ChiZZad Says, in 8-19-2010 at 12:43:08 from    

Couldn’t that first kick technically be illegal because it hits the back of the head?

KJC Says, in 8-19-2010 at 14:20:27 from    

The second one is clearly capoeira. And yeah, isn’t that first one an illegal blow because it’s to the back of the head? That’s what I thought about the spinning back fist that Jones did on Bonnar. Even if it’s accidental, it should still be called illegal..

Brandon Says, in 8-19-2010 at 15:26:11 from    

Strikes to the back of the head are illegal on the ground, I believe. When two fighters are standing, IO think it’s each of the fighters’ responsibility to engage and not expose their backs to their opponents.

Powertele Says, in 8-20-2010 at 02:47:59 from    

Blows to the back of the head are illegal, but if the fighter rolls into the blow the contact is legal. The fighter cannot intentionally strike to the back of the head. One blow to the back of the head can really injure someone and possibly end a career.

theunderfighter Says, in 8-20-2010 at 06:01:44 from    

The first one is not illegal, it was thrown to the side of his head, and he turned his back to the kick.

trousersnake Says, in 8-20-2010 at 12:03:47 from    

very creative…thumps up.

lazarus Says, in 11-3-2010 at 20:00:25 from    

Yah the first one was illegal but the ref didn’t see it. I think in the 2nd one he was trying to do a spinning back head kick but f***** up then tried to make up for it by doing that weird break dance kick.

TriangleChole Says, in 12-17-2010 at 18:51:51 from    

As long as they are facing each other, if u hit the back of the head, its legal…only when the back of the head is blatantly exposed


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