Back in the day, one of the most dangerous strikers in the sport was heavyweight fighter Pedro Rizzo, whose hands were responsible for KO’ing stars like Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski and ‘Tank’ Abbott, while he also racked up a staggering 30 knockouts in 31 professional kickboxing bouts.
What really set Rizzo apart, however, was the fact that many people believed he had the hardest low kicks in the business as the legendary Dan Severn can testify, having been forced to submit to him in the first round at UFC 27 after being blasted by the Brazilian’s tree-trunk legs.
Another UFC Hall of Famer, Randy Couture, has claimed that his fight with Rizzo was “the toughest of my career,” due to bone-crunching leg kicks that resulted in him being unable to walk properly for six weeks and left a permanent divot in his leg.
Bas Rutten also namechecks Rizzo as being one of the heaviest punches he ever encountered, while UFC color commentator Joe Rogan has claimed the hardest kicks he ever witnessed in person were delivered by the Brazilian. If you enjoyed this story, please share it on social media!