VIDEO: Anthony Pettis Shares His Bizarre Head Kick Knockout After Shoulder Separation

Published 07/14/2021, 5:51 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Anthony Pettis prepares for the start of his lightweight bout against Carlos Diego Ferreira during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


The former UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, is one of the most unpredictable MMA fighters the world has ever seen. The 14-year-veteran went toe-to-toe with top fighters like Max Holloway, Benson Henderson, Gilbert Melendez, and more. In his ongoing MMA journey, Pettis, who has produced tons of highlight-reel finishes, has earned himself the moniker of ‘Showtime’.

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In a recent social media post, ‘Showtime’ shared an old clip where he landed a crazy head kick knockout after a shoulder separation. Anthony Pettis wrote, “3/29/2008 Classic fight of mine. Separated my shoulder and still came back to get a head kick KO.”

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The fight against Mike Lambrecht took place at GFS: Knockout Kings Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Pettis’s shoulder got separated after the takedown by his opponent. Soon after the takedown, Pettis worked his way back to his feet and knocked out Mike Lambrecht with a left head kick. It got the crazy crowd on its feet as they applauded ‘Showtime’ for his valiant effort.

Crazy head kicks by Anthony Pettis

Arguably the most bizarre head kick of Pettis’s career came at WEC 53 against his old rival Benson Henderson. This was a title fight where Anthony Pettis produced a highlight for the ages. ‘Showtime’ stepped on the cage with his leg and used the same right leg to catch his opponent with a head kick. Henderson, who immediately fell down, somehow survived the round. However, Pettis’ efforts led him to a decision victory.

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When he was climbing the UFC lightweight rankings and making a name for himself, ‘Showtime’ delivered another crazy head kick knockout at UFC 144 against Joe Lauzon. As soon as the head kick landed, Lauzon fell on the canvas. Subsequently, Pettis began a ground and pound on his opponent, forcing the referee Marc Goddard to end the fight.

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Which head kick impressed you the most? How well do you remember these astounding finishes? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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