In honor of the FIFA World Cup I thought why not pay tribute to that most sorely missed of techniques - the soccer kick.
Used to greatest effect in legendary
money laundering operation promotion PRIDE FC, the soccer kick was brought to popularity by the likes of Mirko Cro Cop, Shogun Rua and Wanderlei Silva. Namely, solid strikers who had the capacity to punt their opponents head like Lionel Messi, unlike Mike Tyson who had more in common with Luis Suarez.
When the UFC adopted the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, all kicks to the head of a downed opponent were banned. It makes sense then that there haven't been many modern examples. Not in the mainstream, anyway.
Outside of North America, however, the soccer kick lives on. ONE FC, the current home of Shinya Aoki, Melvin Manhoef, and Ben Askren, allows kicks to the head of a downed opponent with often spectacular results.
Take this for example.
Pretty brutal, right? How about Andrei Arlovski punting the ghost of Tim Sylvia?
I know. And if that doesn't do it for ya, here's 3 more minutes worth from some of the best.
You won't see that in the FIFA World Cup.