Originally Posted by Ferdelance
What is the "superman punch?" What does it involve, and how is it executed?
Also, to the other gentleman:How does a backfist strike leave you open? Open for what or to what kind of response from your opponent?
Superman punch (see last night's UFN with Alexander v. Irvin) is when you lift a leg as if to throw a kick, and instead throw a punch.
When you throw a spinning backfist, you're turning your back to the guy even if it is just a split second. It leaves you open for anything since you can't react to anything he's throwing at you while you're looking away.
The spinning backfist isn't much of a knockout punch because it's hard to target (even shonie's KO of serra was forearm). Generally it's a good reply to a low leg kick if the guy is dropping the hand on the same side as he's throwing the kick from (i.e. - the drops his right hand when he throws a right roundhouse, so when you spin to you're right it looks like you're just absorbing the roundhouse with your hamstring when you're really throwing a counter).