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

Friday, February 22, 2013

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!