The transcript below is from the video “No One Sees This Sneaky Punch And Result Is Ko” by MindSmash.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Hello! The man in black is Salim Khan Dukkha fighting the Russian Promotion, Strelka. I don’t know why they’re fighting on sand. Perhaps they wanted to emulate a realistic scenario if it were to take place on a beach. But there is one problem though. I think, this is mixed martial arts rules. I don’t know for sure but because kicks are permitted here, Salman Khan ends up getting sand in his eye which stalls the bout. But now, here, before crazy arrived and slipping into a weave, remember that corkscrew uppercut Salim Khan landed. Watch how here he faints with a slip which has his opponent fight on with a flinch. His opponent’s eyes are locked on, but he appears to be quite tentative. He’s waiting.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

As Salim Khan pins his back foot and explodes into the backend, watch his opponent’s eyes – that slight show of his right hand has his opponent’s eyes locked on to that fist. He has no reaction to the leaping lead hook slinging up from the abyss. But at time, it connects. He had no idea what happened. Look at how his arm is raised to block a right hook, completely caught off guard. Dazed, in comes Salim Khan’s slinging wrath from the right. The man, he struck like lightning. This combination in real-time, rather quick. His pure intent to destroy paired with smaller gloves and fluid baseball pitch technique, even though messy had touched the off switch directly. The lights had no choice but to go out.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Just look at this dude’s eyes. Let’s continue. As you can tell, Salim Khan is a fan of Hajime No Ippo or maybe just Mike Tyson. And either way, appreciate how the man just slips and rolls against fire. This here perfectly exemplifies why he has so much power. He’s literally whipping everything he has into it, like, he’s throwing in a fast ball. We actually saw a lot of this from the legendary Fedor Emelianenko. I’ve actually noticed it is pretty common amongst Russian fighter to have a bit more load up when they’re slinging ranger longer hooks. In mixed martials arts with these smaller gloves definitely it’s harder to guard such a punch. Although a bit of head movement or a forward can have such a strike.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Whisking air, watch here how the sand appears to make follow up against Salim Khan’s covery rather awkward. From here, it’s become a waiting game. Just note the air time he’s getting in his footwork. Nonetheless though, Salim Khan’s right hand is clearly loaded with intent. We have seen something similar from Ali quintet time to time. You can clearly see the intent he loads, hoping to smash his opponent with a big right. Here, though, Salim Khan is just showing it to him. He’s making his opponent realize it’s a threat, even flinching it out. This is also what makes his lead hood or up job so dangerous, coming from a downward angle. It just becomes harder to see it coming. And then, we pair that with the increased range of motion when connecting. It’s a trade and defensive responsibility for power.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Boom! The eagle shows itself. Not a flinch from his opponent. He’s confused, startled even. And he even appears to momentarily flinch, sprawling for a takedown, but he quickly realizes that it wasn’t a shot. Trapping the lead hand, boom! The leaping lead hook was followed by short hook as his opponent was made crumble to the canvas. Now, there’s something about this lead hook. You can often find Ryan Garcia throw it with a lead hand down position as well. Not only does it connect like lightning, but if their opponents flinch assuming it’s something else, it’s as if their peripheral vision cannot see the punch coming despite the big load up. Even here, his opponent’s eyes expand which indicate that he’s startled.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

He’s tuned in. He’s locked on to see something. But he’s not noticing the punch. Boom! A winging technique connecting too quick and too clean had the man sparked in the darkness. This man is not particularly muscular. Instead, he’s just switching men off this natural body mechanics. And as messy as it may be in boxing work versus a higher-level opponent with head movement or fork as part of their finesse, it definitely may be used against them but even someone like Justin Gaethje is taking himself to a higher level, hailing this kind of doom. That said, let’s move on to the next clip. Here, notice how Salim Khan takes this oblique kick to the knee. He’s smiling. He’s enjoying the moment. Even as Khabib Nurmagomedov would say, ‘You have to enjoy.




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