Everyone wants to see a KO in mixed martial arts. Usually when we see a KO, it’s the usual punch or roundhouse kick. Lately, we’ve started to see front kicks a la Anderson Silva or even jumping front kick a la Lyoto Machida. Even more recently, we’ve started to see some fancy spinning stuffy in the tradition of Tae Kwon Do-based spinning wheel or hook kicks. If you’re familiar with Anthony Pettis you know you’ve seen some great kicks from him in the past. But the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira and its dance-like movements has also had their fair share of incredible kick KOs in MMA.
Here are 3 of the best kicks we’ve seen.
3) Julio Cesar "Morceguinho" Neves
Young Brazilian prospect Julio Cesar "Morceguinho" Neves was able to land a “Chapeu de Couro.” It may look like a roundhouse kick, but it is quite deceptive as the fighter would change levels making his opponent guess where the kick would land. In this case Neves landed it against Dener dos Santos’s head at WOCS (Watch Out Combat Show 28) in 2013 knocking him out.
2) Cairo Rocha
In 2011, Cairo Rocha demonstrated what’s called a “Meia Lua De Compasso.” In what looks like a spinning heel kick, he landed it against Francisco Neves at BRFC: Desafio dos Imortais knocking him down senseless. Although he was about to follow up with some ground and pound, Rocha didn’t have to as Neves was already out cold.
1) Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio
Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio’s Meia Lua De Compasso of Keegan Marvall at NAC 24 (North American Challenge 24) in 2009 was probably one of the biggest Capoeira-style kicks to ever land. After his back and forth frantic movement and wild attempts of kicks, he landed his Meia Lua De Compasso. The kick whips so hard that if you saw it live you’d hear a loud smack against Marvall’s face.
Clyde Erwin Barretto is an emphatic obsessed fan of mixed martial arts, combat sports and body movement. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeBarretto