Any fight that ends in a six second knockout is certain to be brutal, but this was more extreme than most.
Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin fought Australia’s Rob Lisita in a featherweight bout at ONE Championship 43 in Thailand on Friday night and it was a one-sided contest to say the least.
A brutal right-left combination from Nastyukhin floored Lisita before the Russian finished his opponent off in the most punishing fashion.
He walked around to the side and unleashed a brutal soccer kick at the Aussie’s head, connecting with some serious force before the referee ran in to push Nastyukhin away and end the fight.
Those types of kicks – landed when one fighter is on the floor – are illegal in the UFC and many other promotions because they’re considered too dangerous, but are still allowed in some leagues.
Lisita’s arms came up involuntarily after copping the blow – a response to being concussed – and a medical professional rushed into the Octagon.
Mookie Alexander of MMA website Bloody Elbow described the KO as an act of “pure violence”.
According to Alexander, Nastyukhin has used a soccer kick as the finishing move in each of his victories in the ONE Championship. The win was the fifth time he’s ended a fight in less than a minute while it was his third first-round knockout.
His record now stands at 10-2, while Lisita’s has moved to 14-8.
The ONE Championship is Asia’s largest MMA organisation and hosts fights throughout the region.