Top 10 Knockouts in UFC History | Will McGregor Win Again?
The UFC is an absolute phenomenon.
Combining all the elements of mixed martial arts along with top notch show business, the UFC is now unrecognisable from the first tournament which was won by the legendary Royce Gracie.
Fight fans love pouring over the details of competitors’ ground game or discussing the tactics ahead of big bouts but we all know the watching public like nothing more than a good old fashioned knockout to end a fight.
So, sit back and have a look through our pick of the best knockouts in the history of the UFC.
1 – Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo
Conor McGregor is one of the greatest salesmen in the history of combat sports. Sports fans around the world saw just how good he is at building hype ahead of a fight in the build-up to his clash with Jose Aldo.
Aldo was wound up by McGregor multiple times and was itching to shut the Irishman up when they finally took to the Octagon at UFC 194.
However, it took McGregor just 10 seconds to land a devastating left-handed blow that knocked Aldo out.
2 – Vitor Belfort vs Wanderlei Silva
Vitor Belfort was long destined for big things in MMA. The Brazilian began boxing at a young age and by the time he was 17 he was already training at the Gracie family’s world famous jiu-jitsu gym.
Ahead of his UFC debut, Belfort was given the nickname ‘The Phenom’ and was the youngest ever fighter to win in the UFC at 19.
Never was Belfort’s raw power and brute force clearer than when he practically chased Wanderlei Silva across the octagon, punching him along the way.
3 – Rashad Evans vs Sean Salmon
Have you even seen a salmon swimming up stream? The way they use their whole bodies to forcefully move their way against the direction of the water is almost graceful.
Gracefulness is not something shared by all salmons though. Take Sean Salmon for example.
There was absolutely nothing graceful about the way he hit the deck after former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans caught him with a kick to the temple.
4 – Rampage Jackson vs Wanderlei Silva
It’s a second spot on the list for the unfortunate Wanderlei Silva.
Silva was part of one of the best trilogies in the UFC against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The relationship between the two bordered on hate and the three fights were as entertaining as they were violent.
The Brazilian came out on top in the first two encounters but Jackson got his redemption with a vicious right hook to send Silva crashing to the floor in the third.
5 – Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim
In 2012, Terry Etim had the wind in his sails. The Liverpudlian had steadily built up his reputation to the point where he was considered a major threat to Brazilian fighter, Edson Barboza, ahead of their fight in Rio de Janeiro.
Etim was doing British fight fans proud as the fighters entered the third round but it was the home fans who would end up cheering as Barboza landed a spinning wheel kick.
6 – Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping
Michael Bisping is a huge figure in British MMA. From fighting on provincial cards in the north of England, Bisping became the UFC Middleweight champion. He’s also become an actor on the small and big screen but for many people, Bisping will be remembered for taking one huge punch.
Dan Henderson is the man who inflicted the punch. Before their bout at UFC 100, the two had clashed as opposing coaches on the Ultimate Fighter but it was Henderson who had the bragging rights after catching the British fighter with an overhand right before landing a naughty forearm smash “just to shut him up a little bit”.
7 – Gabriel Gonzaga vs Mirko Cro Cop
Sometimes knockouts are the result of brilliant tactical work to set up the perfect opportunity.
Other times, a knockout will simply come out of the blue.
It was very much a case of the latter when Gabriel Gonzaga landed a stunning kick to Mirko Cro Cop’s head. The two seemed to be just circling as they awaited the end of the round but Gonzaga’s sudden burst of action got the job done.
8 – Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva
Anderson Silva is one of the most popular fighters in UFC history. Not only was the Brazilian an incredibly talented fighter who had a knack for knocking opponents out with his front kick but he was a showman in the ring.
Silva would regularly make his opponents look stupid by appearing to stop fighting but that bravado worked against him against Chris Weidman.
When Silva dropped his guard to mock his opponent, Weidman pounced to end the longest winning streak in UFC history.
9 – Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort
From the worst of Silva to the best.
This is the Brazilian in full flow. He knew he had a very difficult fight against Vitor Belfort but that didn’t stop Silva from showboating as he avoided almost everything that his fellow countryman had to throw at him.
The fight was typically Silva just as the knockout was with a front kick bursting through the Belfort defence before he jumped on top to finish the job.
10 – Mark Hunt vs Various
You can’t have a list of UFC knockouts without including Mark Hunt.
The Kiwi heavyweight has earned the nickname “the King of Walkoffs” for the way he simply walks away from his opponents after landing devastating blows to allow the referee to end the fight.
Many an opponent has felt the sheer force of Hunt as you can see below.