Who was the first to do a superman punch in mma?

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D241

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I'm thinking the first time I saw it was when GSP did it. Anyone do it before him?
 

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Not sure but the first one that I remember finishing a fight was Gonzaga vs Jordan at UFC 56.
 

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I don't know to be honest. All I remember is GSP being the one that caught my attention with it.
 

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Has donkey from Shrek ever done a donkey punch? I'd donkey punch princess fiona.


Well before she got fat and green at least.
 

D241

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Not sure but the first one that I remember finishing a fight was Gonzaga vs Jordan at UFC 56.
Just spent 16 minutes of my life trying to find video of this. Installed a divx player for nothing.
 

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I was at this fight! UFC 36 at the start of the 4th round Hughes throws one.
At 20:30 on the video
 

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UFC 36
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Hughes vs Sakurai




UCC 7
January 25, 02
GSP vs Ivan Menjivar
 

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I can't say anybody's name with certainty. I'll rely on old school buffs like DA cofty and Crowbar to answer
 

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So it was GSP after all?
No!

But before we answer, lets look to the BEST superman punch..Kenny "I Finish Fights" Florian:

View: http://i.imgur.com/TM9CGfP.gifv


The earliest mma superman punch I am aware of is, of course, El Guapo:

UFC 20 , May 7 1999

The angle is not the best, but that's Bas feinting, switching, leaving the ground...


Freezeframe:

Basfirstsuperman punch.png

Video:
Kevin Randleman vs Bas Rutten_视频在线观看 - 56.com

Start at 28:00

If anyone has fightpass, maybe you can get us a highres gif out of it :)
 

D241

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While I think Bas' punch is debatable, your post definitely is a good contributing one. Interesting stuff.
 

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While I think Bas' punch is debatable, your post definitely is a good contributing one. Interesting stuff.

I was waiting for this due to the angle.
Its a feint left, stiffenen, leap with the right. Its identical to one of the gifs above. So I'll challenge someone to tell me what he's doing if its not a superman punch. A
nd I think is only a topic of conversation because I have a grainy link and footage only of the back instead of the high res items above. It happens when you are the first so long ago ;)
 

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I'm going to see if I can get Bas to directly answer this. Stephen Quadros is my in, that dude is HELLA nice and super cool, very friendly.
 

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I'm going to see if I can get Bas to directly answer this. Stephen Quadros is my in, that dude is HELLA nice and super cool, very friendly.
By all means! This is an important piece if MMA history


But just wacth that video at 28:00 ,5 times and tell me its not a super man punch ;)
 

D241

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By all means! This is an important piece if MMA hx
How awesome would it be that Stephen Quadros invented the term ground n pound(did he also coin the term lay and pray??), and his commentary tag team buddy Bas Rutten the first to do a superman punch in mma.