The referee’s poor awareness of letting an unconscious fighter’s head bounce off the mat a second time is almost as vicious as the knockout itself.
As we are nearing the end of 2011, the staff at Inside Fights are arguing for hours on end about who the award for Knockout of the Year should go to. Now, we have to throw another name into the mix.
Adam Haliev is an undefeated mixed martial artist and a world Kudo champion from Russia who comes to bang every fight. At League-Sambo 70, Haliev defeated Alexei Belyaev with a Tae Kwon Do move that is rarely seen in mainstream MMA: the Tornado Kick. Haliev sets the devastating maneuver up perfectly and executes the knockout with devastating impact.
It was a walk-off knockout, but Haliev did not gloat. In a classy move, as soon as his corner picked him up he demanded to be put down so he could check on his opponent.
Event: League-Sambo 70 Date: December 22, 2011 Location: Volgograd, Russia Result: Adam Haliev beats Alexei Belyaev via. KO (Tornado Kick)
Does this knockout deserve to be knockout of the year? Tell us what you think in the comments below or contact us on Twitter @insidefights!
Jon Kirschner is a young writer from New Jersey who watches mixed martial arts and kickboxing from around the world. Kirschner has been following MMA since 1998 and has been writing about it for 5 years. His work has appeared on Fox Sports and in SCRAPP! Fight Magazine.
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