The UFC has it listed as the ‘KO of the week’ on their YouTube channel, but I’m here to let you know that it’s so much more than that. For the fans who have been around forever and not just when Conor McGregor showed up, the knockout that Edson Barboza landed on Terry Etim could be classified as the ‘KO of the decade’.
This knockout was what really put Edson Barboza on the map. While he won his first UFC fight via TKO by way of leg kicks, we hadn’t really seen what Barboza was capable of. That fight was buried in the unaired portion of the fight card (yes, we used to have to check MMA sites for results because they weren’t aired) and his next two fights were decision wins.
Then came the Etim fight… Fans were blown away because no one had ever seen a kick straight out of the movies, come to real life. Barboza threw the now famous spinning back kick and Etim was out on his feet. He fell like a tree alone in the woods and the spinning-back-kick-walk-off-knockout was born.
Edson Barboza fights in the co-main event against Dan Hooker this weekend at UFC Fight Night, Milwaukee.