Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fantastic Finishes - Manhoef vs Hunt

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that's more hated than Chael Sonnen in Brazil.

This time on Fantastic Finishes, the finish is the entire fight. It's also a testament to how fucking scary Melvin Manhoef's punching power is (But I don't want to get ahead of myself).

Melvin "No Mercy" Manhoef vs Mark "Super Samoan" Hunt - K-1 Dynamite!! Power of Courage 2008 (December 31, 2008)

Who Are These Guys?

Melvin Manhoef is a Dutch/Surinamese kickboxer that wears a gladiator skirt and dog collar and dances to the ring because nobody is going to say anything about it. He currently has a 93% knockout rate.

Mark Hunt is a former K-1 World Grand Prix champion, which means he is a very good kickboxer. Also, Samoan stereotypes are true, because he once did this in a K-1 fight (Absorbing punches with the face is never a smart choice, unless you are Mark Hunt/Ray Sefo)

What's so Special about this Fight?

In his combined MMA and kickboxing career up to that point, Mark Hunt had only ever lost by submission, decision, a corner stoppage TKO, and a body shot TKO. The fact that a man outweighed by close to one hundred pounds managed to knock out Hunt while back pedaling is either bullshit or magic, I can't decide.

What Did We Learn?

  • Don't let Melvin Manhoef punch you
  • Even a stereotypical Samoan skull can be compromised
  • Don't let Mark Hunt punch you (I know it wasn't demonstrated in this fight, but it needs to be said)