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Like The Zaromskis Somersault Kick? Check Out The Rolling Thunder

  • Written by Dave Walsh

Part of the fun of running a site dedicated to the art of Kickboxing is that sometimes in Mixed Martial Arts there will be moments where a fighter will go for something that seems so out-of-nowhere and unique, but it has been done before in Kickboxing. Part of the fun is pointing these classics out to fans, which either means introducing them to a part of fight history or giving a gentle reminder of just how awesome Kickboxing can be.

The buzz today is focused on Marius Zaromskis landing a somersault kick, leading to a big KO at Rumble of the Kings. You can check that out here and see it for yourself. A truly spectacular move, but it did not connect flush and needed a lot of follow-up to finish the fight. Immediately upon seeing that, I was reminded of Peter Graham's crowning moment in K-1 history, which took place in 2006 against none other than Badr Hari. Hari was still young, skinny and not yet able to truly harness his potential (you could make an argument that he has yet to do this, but that is for another post) yet, and Graham had a lot to prove on the K-1 circuit.

It was a good, competitive fight with both men looking great, but if you skip ahead to about eleven minutes in something truly spectacular happens; Rolling Thunder. This is a Knockout that K-1 fans have been talking about ever since and one that will always be in the record books. While the techniques are different, Peter Graham's kick is proof that throwing some fancy all-or-nothing kick can connect and can do damage.

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