Spinning KOs: Joe Rogan, King Mo, the b!^$# slap, and more


In boxing, fights are in all likelihood going to end from a well times jab, straight right, uppercut, or maybe an overhand right.

By contrast, in mixed martial arts, fights can end countless ways - a myriad of chokes with and without the arm included from various angles, from locks to the elbow, shoulder, ankle, knee and more, from knees, elbows, feet, and fists from all directions.

One of the most exciting categories of strikes is ones that spin, something entirely forbidden in boxing.

Spinning kicks come primarily from the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon Do. In the video below, Joe Rogan use one to KO an opponent, back back in 1987. Rogan has since gone on to develop a ferocious Muay Thai game, and earned a black belt in BJJ

At Thursday's Bellator Emmanuel Newton took out King Mo with a spinning hammer fist that landed on the button.

Perhaps the most famous spinning strike in history was thrown by Shonie Carter on Matt Serra. Serra dubbed it the "Spinning Bitch Slap."

David Loiseau landed a brutal spinning back kick on Charles McCarthy at UFC 53.


Uriah Hall landed a spinning hook kick for the ages on this season's TUF.

Uriah Hall Spinning Head Kicks Adam Cella TUF 17

What are your favorite spinning strikes in MMA history? Post below!


tags: UFC   video   Bellator   Joe Rogan   King Mo   Muhammed Lawal      

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sleepybear70 site profile image  

2/23/13 11:48 AM by sleepybear70

that would be awesome if that happened Scrappy!!

Taz Styles site profile image  

2/22/13 10:20 PM by Taz Styles

Joe said in his post that it was part of his headgear.

scrappydoo site profile image  

2/22/13 7:10 PM by scrappydoo

JoeIm going to your show in Vancouver. Can you help me perfect my technique, on the spinning kick after the show? Ive watched you teaching GSP and tried to learn from video, but to have the man himself do it would be insane. Or better yet, I'll invite you to my gym.

Cementhead site profile image  

2/22/13 6:20 PM by Cementhead

This should happen to anyone that criticizes his fight calls.Joe Knows

Rhys91 site profile image  

2/22/13 4:34 PM by Rhys91

Joe Rogan = BoSs

theppfftt site profile image  

2/22/13 2:35 PM by theppfftt

I'm very impressed by the speed at which Joe hogan applied the spinning back kick..wow!

GOREILLAMAN site profile image  

2/22/13 1:52 PM by GOREILLAMAN

Rogan already had a baldspot

MysteriousNinjaFromMars site profile image  

2/21/13 8:41 PM by MysteriousNinjaFromMars

wow joe was fast as fuck.

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2/21/13 8:00 PM by 10er


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2/21/13 7:26 PM by Allen Hood

Joe kicks ass