The karate fighting pit almost added one hell of a name to its hit list.
Former kickboxing champion Raymond Daniels has always been one of the most entertaining figures in combat sports. Do you want proof ? Look no further than his iconic 2019 knockout of Wilker Barros in Bellator. It’s no surprise, then, that at 42, Daniels is still around for highlights – it’s just that the highlight he had last Saturday at Karate Combat 35 probably wasn’t the kind you’d expect. he had planned.
Daniels posted the clip Monday to his Instagram. Check it out below to see “The Real Deal” miss a kick, then nearly knock himself unconscious by banging his head straight into the karate fight web.
“To be honest, the Karate Combat pit has hit me harder than any fighter in my entire career,” Daniels joked.
Daniels ultimately defeated his opponent Franklin Mina by unanimous decision, hence why he got to laugh at the incident.
His resilience even drew applause from other fighters renowned for their flashy kicks.
“Brother how did you not break your neck man,” wrote Stephen Thompson in the Instagram comments. “Dang, you just ignored that like nothing happened.”
“It’s called the commitment to finish that spinning kick,” Cung Le added. “Good work!!!”