When it comes to sport, it’s the job of video game trailers to provide a hyper-real version of the competition we love. In football we see overhead kicks, in basketball it’s a slam dunk. They show spectacular moments that rarely happen in real life. For the debut of EA’s new UFC game, EA showed off a kick that seemed so crazy that it couldn’t possibly have happened in real life. But it did.
Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis is currently scheduled to fight perennial featherweight champ Jose Aldo in a bout scheduled for this year. He’s already beaten Benson Henderson, the champion in the weight class above. He’s also one of the most creative strikers in all of martial arts.
[clear]The ‘showtime’ kick that EA animated in the above trailer occurred during the Benson Henderson fight, and actually helped win him the WEC Lightweight championship. It is one of the most celebrated moments in MMA history. And I never get tired of watching it.
Crazily, he’s done similar moves before. In his last fight, against Donald Cerrone, he unleashed a ‘showtime’ knee, which actually caught Cerrone square on the jaw, and contributed to a decisive knockout win.
Pettis specialises in doing the kind of crazy moves you would only expect to see in video games. Click here to watch more. Apologies in advance for the truly, truly terrible music.