The thrill that spectators of the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) feel during a good fight is undeniable. Seeing a good punch or takedown land often triggers a reaction of anticipation from the crowd. But seeing a powerful or flashy kick thrown, whether or not it lands, will always be one of the most exciting aspects of a MMA fight.
1) Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke
ONE Championship superstar Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke from the Evolve Fight Team is without question the most experienced and accomplished striker on this list. The 36-year old Muay Thai legend is the first and only three-time Lumpinee World Champion in MMA. With over 300 fights in professional Muay Thai, Dejdamrong is not just one of the most dangerous kickers in the sport, but also arguably the best striker in all of MMA.
This May 22nd, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke will make history in the ONE Championship cage as the first Muay Thai World Champion to fight for a world title in MMA. He will face Filipino MMA fighter and former pro boxer Roy Doliguez (6-1, MMA) for the inaugural ONE Championship 115 pound world championship title in Singapore.
To read more on this historical clash between Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Roy Doliguez, click here.
2) Eduard Folayang
ONE Championship fighter and fan favourite Eduard Folayang is one of the best strikers in all of Asian MMA. The Filipino MMA star is a black belt in wushu and has won several international Wushu/Sanshou tournaments prior to his MMA career. Folayang is known for his effective use of side kicks, spinning-back kicks, head kicks, and lightning quick leg kicks.
3) Brandon Vera
Brandon Vera has made a name in MMA for being one of the best kickers in the heavyweight division. The former UFC fighter and WEC Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion is known for his hard body kicks and owns an impressive record containing some of the most viscious head kick, low kick, and more recently, soccer kick knockouts in MMA. Vera has now brought his striking abilities to the Asian MMA stage under ONE Championship.
4) Vuyisile Colossa
With wins over some of the biggest names in Muay Thai and kickboxing including Yodsanklai Fairtex, it’s no wonder why Vuyisile Colossa is one of the accomplished strikers in MMA today. The South African fighter is known for his fast and devastating punch and kick combinations.
5) Anthony Pettis
This list would definitely not be complete without the man behind the world famous “Showtime Kick”. Former UFC Lightweight Champion and last WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis has made a career out of throwing the most crazy kicks ever seen in MMA. This can probably be attributed to the fact that Pettis also holds a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo, a rank he earned at the age of 18.
So tell us martial arts fans, are these the fighters in MMA today that standout as amazing kickers? Tell us who else you think should be on this list!