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WWE/MMA News: MMA fighter hits WWE-styled Tombstone Piledriver; draws comparison to The Undertaker

Johny Payne
10.06K   //    15 Feb 2018, 00:27 IST

The Undertaker seems to have influenced the world of MMA as well
The Undertaker seems to have influenced the world of MMA as well

What’s the story?

A promotional clip featuring MMA fighter Taito Kubota has set the MMA and professional wrestling communities abuzz regarding the combatant.

Apparently, Kubota managed to successfully pull off a WWE-styled Tombstone Piledriver manoeuvre in an MMA fight.

In case you didn’t know…

Taito Kubota is an MMA fighter who hails from Japan and made his pro debut back in 2010.

Kubota boasts an impressive resume of 9 wins with his lone loss coming by way of decision. Kubota’s victories comprise three by way of knockout or technical knockout and six by way of decision. 

The heart of the matter

As noted by Japanese MMA and Puroresu (Japanese Pro-Wrestling) fan Cerebral Hunter on social media, Taito Kubota incredibly managed to execute one of sports entertainment’s most popular and iconic signature moves, the Tombstone Piledriver, in an MMA bout.

Apparently, a video showcasing an MMA highlights package featuring Kubota has him scoop up an opponent and slam the latter on his head. Fans can watch the video below—

Furthermore, given the significant number of fans who are ardent followers of both MMA and professional wrestling, the aforementioned video has become an instant hit and is being discussed by fans the world over. Below is The Undertaker’s pro-wrestling version of the Tombstone Piledriver—


What’s next?

The vast majority of professional wrestling industry insiders believe that The Undertaker is may make his in-ring return for a feud with John Cena that culminates at WrestleMania 34. If it is really so, the WWE Universe can expect the Cena-Undertaker feud to commence after the Elimination Chamber PPV which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on 25 February.

Meanwhile, Taito Kubota presently competes on the JMMA (Japanese Mixed Martial Arts) circuit.

Author’s take

Given how MMA has its competitors usually refrain from doling out flashy moves, and pro-wrestling, on the other hand, prides itself on over-the-top manoeuvres, Taito Kubota deserves a ton of credit for pulling off this highly-risky move. Perhaps this odd happening in the world of MMA could indeed be an ominous sign of the Deadman making his way back into the limelight.

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