Dec 8, 2012, Seattle, WA, USA; Alexander Gustafsson fights Mauricio Rua (not pictured) during their light heavyweight bout at MMA on FOX 5 at Key Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Gustafsson practicing the 'Showtime Kick' (GIF and Video)


MMA has the ability to leave its’ fans mouths agape in awe, shock, and disbelief many a times. Over the course of MMA history, fighters have evolved into well rounded martial artists producing jaw dropping highlights left and right. In the thousands of contested fights, many remember one moment more clearly than the rest just for the sheer ridiculousness and athletic ability displayed by the fighter, Anthony Pettis.

Back at WEC’s final show, WEC 53, Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis and Benson Henderson were battling in the final bout of the promotion’s history. Everything was on the line that night; the last WEC Lightweight championship and a shot at the UFC Lightweight title in the near future. After four closely contested rounds, Anthony Pettis closed the lights out on the WEC in the most spectacular way possible with a running kick off the cage that was dubbed the ‘Showtime Kick’.

Since then, no fighter has ever attempted a ‘Showtime Kick’ inside the cage. This weekend, at UFC Fight Night 37, we may see a ‘Showtime Kick’ from the most unlikely of sources: Alexander Gustafsson. Apparently, Gustafsson has been training the kick, as you can see in this GIF below:

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Of course, it is mere speculation that Gustafsson will actually throw the kick inside the cage, but in MMA anything is possible. If anything, let this GIF above remind you to not miss Gustafsson vs Jimi Manuwa live this weekend on UFC Fight Pass.

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