French MMA fighter Davy Gallon arrived on the scene in a MAJOR way over the weekend. The 30-year-old mixed martial arts fighter knocked out his opponent cold with a ‘Rolling Thunder’ back heel kick that was so badass it left the announcers befuddled.
This went down during the Probellum 1 in London and the ‘Rolling Thunder’ was equal parts gymnastics and MMA. Much like the announcer who didn’t know what to call this move, I wanted to call the ‘Rolling Thunder’ a ‘front flip back heel kick’ but the move is already legendary within some circles.
This was in the third round of their Probellum 1 match. Davy Gallon takes off by shifting his weight and rolling in mid-air, then coming down across his opponent with the back heel kick. The end result was a knockout that left Ross Pearson out cold on the mat with less than a minute to go in the final round.
Here’s that knockout before we get to the wild reaction from the announcers below:
Here’s a bizarre YouTube remix of the knockout with some slow-motion footage so you can really soak in what the heck just happened:
The Rolling Thunder caught everyone off guard, not least of whom were the people tasked with announcing the fight.
‘Oh shit.’….”Oh…my…Goodness…me…I don’t even know what to call that!”
That about sums it up.
According to today’s edition of ‘Hot Clicks’ on SI, the Rolling Thunder was pulled off back in 2018 by Japanese fighter Tenshin Nasukawa, as well as by a fighter in Romania, and a few times before that.
I think it’s fair to say that much like the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expects the Rolling Thunder. Pearson made a grave mistake by ducking his head before impact which led to the rock-solid kick to the dome that left him out cold on the mat. But to be fair, when you see a dude front flipping and kicking you mid-air then you’re probably going to react in some sort of natural way to protect your body. That’s not exactly a scenario you train for.
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