Head-kick knockouts are one of the most fascinating ways a fight can end. It never fails to get MMA fans on their feet roaring in excitement. Whether it’s a front, roundhouse, or spinning kick; landing any type head-kick takes perfect technique, timing, accuracy, and speed. That is why MMA fighters who have managed to score knockouts with head-kicks are usually regarded to be some of the best strikers in the sport.
Today, get ready to be amazed as Evolve Daily presents to you 8 Ferocious Head-Kick Knockouts In MMA:
1) Uriah Hall Spinning Hook Kick vs. Adam Cella
Uriah Hall catapulted himself to fame when he appeared on the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter. Hall was one of the most anticipated talents on the show and was expected by many to cruise through the competition. And he certainly lived up to all the hype when he knocked out his first TUF house opponent Adam Cella with this incredible spinning hook kick.
2) Alain Ngalani Spinning Heel Kick vs. Mahmoud Hassan
Cameroonian-born kickboxer and four-time Muay Thai World Champion Alain Ngalani is a 229-pound heavyweight known for his speed and trademark move “The Panther High Kick”. This blindingly fast spinning heel kick he used to knockout Mahmoud Hassan in his ONE debut showed just how dangerous his striking really is.
3) Gabriel Gonzaga Roundhouse Head-Kick vs. Mirko “Cro-Cop” Filipovic
Croatia’s Mirko “Cro-Cop” Filipovic is widely considered as one of the greatest knockout artist in both kickboxing and MMA. However that didn’t seem to matter to Brazil’s Gabriel Gonzaga, who was the underdog coming into the fight. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Gonzaga blasted Filipovic with the very technique that made the Croatian legend famous, knocking him out cold.
4) Ev Ting Roundhouse Head-Kick vs. Edward Kelly
Top Malaysian MMA prospect Ev Ting is one of the most exciting fighters to watch in ONE Championship. In just his second fight for ONE, the 25-year old fighter battled Filipino MMA fighter Edward Kelly in an exciting back-and-forth fight. Ting would go on to knock Kelly out in the second round with an explosive head-kick out of nowhere.
5) Edson Barboza Spinning Heel Kick vs. Terry Etim
As a former Taekwondo practitioner and professional Muay Thai fighter, it’s not hard to see why Edson Barboza is one of the flashiest strikers in business. Here, he sends Terry Etim falling like a tree onto the canvas with a beautiful spinning heel kick. This knockout won the “Knockout of the Year” in 2012 and is still considered one of the greatest knockouts in MMA today.
6) Lyoto Machida Jumping Front Kick vs. Randy Couture
Deadly precision and pinpoint accuracy; these are the qualities that define Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida’s as a fighter. Randy Couture learned that the hard way when ate a perfectly timed front kick from Machida. The kick landed flush on Couture’s chin and sent him crashing helplessly to the ground.
7) Marcus “Lelo” Aurelio Meia Lua de Compasso Kick vs. Keegan Marshall
When it comes to the most effective martial art base for MMA, Capoeira would definitely not be the first that comes to mind. It would take a very special fighter to be able to pull off the movements and kicks the art Capoeira is known for. Fortunately for us fans, that’s exactly what Marcus “Lelo” Aurelio is. Aurelio is one of the few and certainly one of the most popular Capoeira practitioners in MMA. And with kicks like this one against Keegan Marshall, it’s not hard to see why.
8) Holly Holm Roundhouse Head-Kick vs. Allanna Jones
An 18-time boxing world champion in three weight classes, Holly Holm is without a doubt one of the best female boxers of all time. She is also quickly becoming one of the most promising female fighters to compete in MMA. Here, in her Legacy FC debut against Allanna Jones, she shows just how much she has grown as a complete mixed martial artist with a bone crushing roundhouse head-kick.
Whether you’re an MMA or Muay Thai fighter, remember to keep your hands up – you don’t want to be on the wrong end of a ferocious head-kick like the ones on this list!