Almost three years to the day that Barboza provided one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history for his spinning wheel kick over Terry Etim at UFC 142, we have another amazing finish via the same kick.
Only this time, it was a heavyweight throwing the kick, as Jeff Hughes (5-0) sent Jason Riley (10-8) face first into the mat with his kick just before the bell to end the first round.
The pro heavywights were competing in a main event that had the makings of a great fight, and after both fighters seemed to have the upper hand at multiple points in the first round, the ten second warning clap was heard. Riley backed away to reset, and dropped his hands. Then, from out of nowhere, Hughes threw a spinning wheel kick that landed flush and put Riley to sleep.
It was one of the craziest knockouts I’ve ever seen and something you definitely don’t expect from the heavyweights. Hughes now has his signature win that will be on highlight reels forever and showed that he is a legitimate prospect on the national scene.
Check out the video of the knockout below courtesy of Bumble Media and Explosive Fight Promotions: