In the UFC, a knockout victory can net competitors a performance bonus or launch their careers. (It can potentially result in a huge payout for UFC odds bettors.
Whether it results from a skillful technique or a perfectly timed punch, a knockout is always a dramatic ending. Although there have been many knockout victories inside the Octagon, certainly stand out. Those will live on in the minds of fight fans forever. Here are the top UFC knockouts of all time, without further ado.
Buckley Super Kick Vs Kasanganay
Joaquin Buckley made history with his incredible back kick knockout of Impa Kasanganay in their middleweight match at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen in October 2020.
In the second round, Kasanganay successfully deflected Buckley’s right kick, which he then exploited to his advantage by unleashing a back kick that rendered the 27-year-old combatant unconscious.
In addition to a $50K prize, Buckley’s outstanding performance won him the title of knockout of the year in 2020.
Conor McGregor Sleeps Jose Aldo
When Conor McGregor defeated José Aldo in the main event of UFC 194 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in December 2015, he cemented his position as the face of mixed martial arts.
At 13 seconds, McGregor beat Ronda Rousey’s record for the quickest conclusion in a UFC title match. McGregor skillfully countered Aldo, a well-known powerful attacker, with a left hand that landed on the Brazilian’s chin.
Rashad Evans KO Chuck Liddell
Rashad Evans, who was unbeaten at the time, faced former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in the main event of UFC 88 in September 2008. The winner received a crack at Forrest Griffin’s championship
At the 1:51 mark of the second round, Evans, the betting underdog, delivered a picture-perfect right hand to send Liddell to the hereafter. Evans subsequently won the light heavyweight belt after this knockout victory gave him the opportunity.
Jorge Masvidal Fastest knockout to Ben Askren
When Jorge Masvidal bought thousands of UFC odds tickets and achieved the fastest knockout in UFC history, his name became well known.
In UFC 239, Ben Askren was the target of a flying knee attempt by Masvidal that landed on the opponent’s head and rendered him as stiff as wood. Finally, “Gamebred” finished off the victory with two more punches to earn the $50K bonus and the UFC knockout of the year title for 2019.
Ngannou Uppercut Vs Overeem
The knockout of Francis Ngannou over Alistair Overeem is one of the most incredible and terrifying knockouts you will ever see.
Ngannou defeated Andrei Arlovski in his UFC debut before being pitted against the seasoned Overeem in December 2017. The “Predator” connected with the “Demolition Man” with a lethal uppercut that knocked him to sleep in this heavyweight match that wasn’t anticipated to last long. Additionally, this knockout victory earned the title of 2017’s best knockout.
Silva Front Kick Against Belfort
The legendary front kick Anderson Silva delivered against fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 in February 2011 was one of the highlights of his UFC career.
This once-in-a-lifetime strike was a complete fabrication by the “Spider,” who caught the “Phenom” off guard. Belfort was knocked out after the kick, his eyes rolling back as Silva continued to hit, forcing the referee to stop the bout.
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