Posted by LHK
Yes, Hug is a good candidate, one of the best ever, but pure power and explosiveness goes to Mirko. Hug relied too much on the axe kick (Mirko didn't even blink when he hit him with it). Hug had a lot of speed and fluidity, but lacked accuracy and raw power, whereas Mirko does not. Their fight was pretty even by the way, both had spurts of combinations that landed throughout the entire fight, but yeah Hug won. Hug also defeated Hoost which Mirko couldn't do, but once again, doesn't mean their high kicks are better.
Yes, I agree Hug isn't the most powerful kicker, but if he didn't KO people with his kicks, they were enough of a distraction for him to land some mean hooks to finish the job. I guess it's difficult to judge who has the best kicks considering there are multiple angles to look at. Speed and finess definitely go to Hug, but power and accuracy would probably go to Mirko.
And again, yes Aert is a human howitzer, but his high kicks were not as graceful as Hug and Mirko imo.