Some of the most memorable knockouts in ONE Championship history have come via spinning techniques, with the world’s greatest martial artists using their rapid rotations to deliver punches, kicks, and elbows.
These spinning techniques are always certain to ignite a crowd. Not only do they look the part, but also, they are extremely powerful and can instantly end a match, too.
Finely-tuned delivery is what separates a near-miss from a knockout finish, and it takes years of diligent training to master these techniques and perfectly execute them in competition.
Here are the best spinning attack finishes ever witnessed on the global stage.
Pacio Nails Doliguez With A Spinning Backfist
Future ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio is no stranger to sensational finishes, but his stoppage of Roy “The Dominator” Doliguez at ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD in November 2017 is still one of his greatest.
Early in the second round of their contest, Pacio tried to halt the experienced boxer’s forward pressure by throwing an inside low kick.
Doliguez did well to anticipate the strike and stepped out of range, but “The Passion” followed up immediately.
The Team Lakay product stepped straight through to close the distance, and then he whipped his body around and launched a spinning backfist. The powerful strike hit its mark and immediately dropped Doliguez to the canvas for an instant KO.
Belingon Crushes Leone With Spinning Kick
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Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, April 20, 2018
The former ONE Bantamweight World Champion was on point all night, and he found the right moment to unleash his spinning back kick at the start of round two.
Belingon’s thunderous strike landed directly into the American’s gut and the sheer power of it knocked him all the way back to the corner of the ring. The Filipino ran after him and unleashed a relentless volley of punches and elbows to end the contest.
Eustaquio Leaves His Lakay Calling Card
Another Team Lakay star entered the ring and delivered another stunning spinning knockout at ONE: MASTERS OF FATE in November 2019.
Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio once again proved his status as the “Rematch King” when he stopped Toni “Dynamite” Tauru with a hard spinning back kick to the midsection in their second meeting.
The Baguio City native took aim with the shot several times, but he finally hit the mark in the third frame. He exploded towards Tauru with his spin, and even though the Finn saw it coming, he could not stop it.
“Dynamite” dropped an elbow to block it, but Eustaquio found the gap with his heel. It smashed straight into his rival’s liver, and left Tauru incapacitated on the canvas.
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Pinas Counters Drai With Spinning Elbow
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Drai pressed forward with his boxing and continually moved in to land his crisp, straight shots on the Dutchman. However, his aggression turned out to be his undoing.
Pinas waited for his opponent to commit to his jab, and then he turned with a thudding back elbow. It connected perfectly with the Frenchman’s forehead and sent him down for the count.
Ngalani Impresses With Athletic Finish
Fans would not be shocked by the athleticism of Alain “The Panther” Ngalani today, but his debut win against Mahmoud Hassan at ONE: CHAMPIONS & WARRIORS in September 2013 certainly took them by surprise.
The colossal Cameroon-born kickboxer opened up with some low kicks on Hassan in his first-ever mixed martial arts contest and then, as the Egyptian tried to chase him down, he set up his bout-ending shot.
Ngalani pivoted on his lead leg and spun his heavyweight frame around at warp speed. As he did, he let rip with a spinning hook kick, which crashed straight into Hassan’s face and crumpled him to the mat after just 31 seconds.
Soriano Spins To Win Battle Of Fast Finishers
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Posted by ONE Championship on Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Wirawan already had a six-second knockout to his credit in The Home Of Martial Arts, so fans expected this to be fast and furious.
However, it was the Filipino who got the job done in 15 seconds.
The aggressive Indonesian rushed at him and landed a hard low kick, but he left himself in his opponent’s range. Soriano stepped across with his left leg, pivoted, and uncorked a rapid spinning backfist, which collided with his rival’s skull and knocked him out cold.