There have been plenty of candidates for MMA ‘Knockout of the Year’ in recent weeks.
By virtue of the fact that it occurred on the biggest stage, Yair Rodriguez’s audacious jumping switch-kick KO of Andre Fili at UFC 197 is the one that has probably received the most attention, but there have also been a number of breathtaking finishes on smaller regional shows at far-flung venues throughout the globe.
Pro-debutant Amir Elzhurkaev’s 2-touch spinning back-kick to the liver of Dmitriy Tomaev at an Absolute Championship Berkut event in Grozny, Russia this past Friday was spectacularly creative and Istela Nunes’ triple head-kick KO in Rio de Janeiro the previous week was scarcely believable.
Now we have another candidate to add to the mix and it comes courtesy of amateur bantamweight Sheldon Reid.
Though it may have lacked the creativity of the 3 knockouts aforementioned, Reid’s front-kick KO of Julio Calcina at Shinobi War 7, which took place at the Olympia in Liverpool, was pretty picturesque.
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According to the MMA records database at Tapology, Reid moved to 3-0 as an amateur with this first-round finish, while Calcina dropped to 1-3.