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- Kevin Bieksa of the Anaheim Ducks threw a “Superman punch” during a fight with Radko Gudas of the Philadelphia Flyers. The punch is most often seen during UFC matches, but would seem to be much more difficult on skates. The punch ended the fight rather quickly.
On Tuesday night, Kevin Bieksa and Radko Gudas had a hockey fight that will be remembered for some time.
As the first period of the Anaheim Ducks game against the Philadelphia Flyers came to a close, the two players dropped gloves and met close to center ice. After the requisite bit of circling and sizing each other up, the Ducks’ Bieksa threw a punch that one would expect to see in the MMA world rather than a hockey arena.
Bieksa raised his back leg in the air and threw a cross body punch with his right hand, landing cleanly and immediately dropping Gudas to the ice.
You can watch the dramatic shot below.
The punch is far from the usual rough-around-the-edges scuffles that hockey fights often devolve into, and Bieksa’s form was so clean that it earned praise from the UFC, where the move is known as a “Superman punch” and has produced many memorable knockouts.
UFC President Dana White chimed in to offer his blessing on the punch.
Hockey player throwing and landing a Superman punch on skates. I LOVE IT!!!! pic.twitter.com/G14muSx0gx
— Dana White (@danawhite) October 25, 2017
Three-time former UFC Welterweight Champion George St-Pierre, who has been known to use the move throughout his career, also seemed impressed.
I've thrown the superman punch many ways but would never try it on the ice!!! https://t.co/d7YSe8DTet
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) October 26, 2017
Chances are it will be some time before hockey fans see a punch like that land again, but if you have a craving for more Superman punches, George St-Pierre is challenging Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight title at UFC 217 in November.