At the Toyota Marathon in Phitsanulok, Thailand, Rafael “Ataman” Fiziev busted out a defensive tactic straight out of The Matrix. On January 27, he was facing Sorgraw Petchyindee in the final bout of the 154-pound division, and he defied the laws of physics to avoid a head kick. Watch the crazy maneuver in the video below.
Jesus, that was impressive. The speed and flexibility needed to pull something like that off is insane. I can barely make it past the first round of a limbo competition, so I’m positive I would’ve gotten my head knocked clean off of my shoulders from that kick. Even Dana White himself dug the slick move.
I also loved the sound effect that was added to the video. If you’re going to compare yourself to a film that won several Academy Awards in that field, you’ve gotta spare no expense and throw in a quality “WHOOOSH” sound to really drive home the athleticism. Such a nice touch.
Although Fiziev won the battle of going viral, Petchyindee won the actual fight via decision. I guess whoever said defense wins championships is a goddamn liar.