Marius Zaromskis has had a rough go of it in the last couple of years, but one thing he's always been able to do is kick his opponents in the head in spectacular fashion. And that's what he did on Saturday.
Zaromskis used a great somersault kick to beat Bruno Carvalho by technical knockout in the first round of their fight in Stockholm, Sweden. That kick was the best highlight of a busy day on the international MMA scene, and it gave Zaromskis consecutive wins for the first time in two years.
In 2009, Zaromskis captured the Dream welterweight title by knocking out both Hayato Sakurai and Jason High, both with head kicks and both on the same day. In his next fight after becoming the dream champ, he knocked out Myung Ho Bae with a head kick. But while those wins put him on the map in the MMA world, he hasn't had a lot of success since then.
Zaromskis came to America in early 2010 and was beaten by Nick Diaz, then lost a Strikeforce fight to Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and had a disappointing no contest when he accidentally poked Waachiim Spiritwolf in the eye. He did win a New Year's Eve fight against Kazushi Sakuraba in Japan, but that fight was more about Sakuraba looking old than it was about Zaromskis looking good. And then Zaromskis lost a disappointing decision to Jordan Mein this year.
For those who enjoy the exciting striking style that Zaromskis employs when he's at his best, seeing him beat Carvalho in exciting fashion is a positive sign. Zaromskis may never be the Top 10 welterweight that some fans thought he was when he won the Dream title, but he can be a highly entertaining fighter to watch. That was certainly the case on Saturday.