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Vicious Spinning Elbow Tops KO-Filled Friday Night


TO GO WITH Myanmar-sport-boxing-equality-culture,FEATURE by Kelly Macnamara This photo taken on July 3, 2015 shows fighter Daw Na Aung (R) practicing Myanmar's homespun martial art Lethwei -- a sport that encourages head-butting and grants victory by knock-out only -- in Yangon. Lethwei fighters say their sport is the toughest member of Southeast Asia's kickboxing family, leaving Thailand's more famous Muay Thai in the blood-flecked dust thanks to its disdain for gloves and use of skull-cracking head-butts. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU (Photo credit should read Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)
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Combat sports fans on social media have been given a great gift over the last 24 hours. A gift in the form of a steady stream of jaw-dropping finishes across both MMA and kickboxing. 

Foremost among them was the massive spinning-elbow knockout victory scored by Cris Mims at Lion Fight 38. Check it out here:

Believe it or not, that wasn't the only spinning-elbow knockout of the day. On the other side of the world at Eurasia Fight Nights 74, Zelim Imadaev did the same as he floored Yuri Izotov:

In the main event of that card, Russian journeyman Nikolay Aleksakhin posted a much-needed highlight-reel victory over Michael Graves, rocking him with a head kick before finishing with an uppercut:

Mims wasn't the only man to score a vicious knockout at Lion Fight 38, though. Jafar Toshev gave him a strong challenge in the "Knockout of the Night" department with this savage switch-kick KO:

On a day filled with big elbow knockouts, Thai kickboxer Buakaw Banchamek refused to be outdone and posted a dominant, but creative, performance at All Star Fight 2 in Thailand:

The most viral knockout of the day happened in Japan, however, with this beautiful-yet-scary foot sweep-into-knee combination that set timelines ablaze:

Things trickled into this morning, too, with UFC alum Takeya Mizugaki making an inauspicious debut with ACB Fighting League:

With no UFC or Bellator events scheduled for this weekend, this is most welcome.

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