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May 25, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Karate Rules at the UFC

Karate Rules at the UFC

Karate expert, Lyoto Machida, knocked out Rashad Evans for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title Saturday night, May 23, in Las Vegas, NV.

The knockout occurred in the second round. The video link is below. Pay particular attention to the hand blitz Machida unleashes at 9:59, until the knockout at 10:25. It began with a straight left reverse punch followed by a hand blitz, typical of sparring matches at the KIA, in which Machida never let up until he knocked out Evans with a punching flurry.

Notice how devastating an all out assault can be. Notice, too, that Evans didn’t cover up. He started flailing as he moved straight back into the aptly named death step. This is a good film to study. It’s great to see karate making a comeback as the dominant fighting art!