There are many reasons why MMA is now the most popular combat sport in the world. One of the reasons is that the amount of possibilities for a knockout in an MMA match is much greater than any other combat sport out there. And fight fans know that there’s just something thrilling about watching a fighter collapse and lay motionless after getting hit with a crazy knockout shot.
So today, Evolve Daily presents 10 Of The Craziest Knockouts In UFC & ONE Championship:
1) Timofey Nastyukhin’s Flying Knee/Soccer Kick KO vs. Eduard Folayang
Perhaps the most talked about knockout in ONE Championship history, Timofey Nastyukhin’s flying knee to soccer kick knockout over Eduard Folayang is one of the most jaw dropping things you’ll ever see in MMA.
The MMA Mania Asian MMA Knockout of the Year of 2014 is also one of the reasons why Nastyukhin is one of the most feared fighters in Asian MMA today.
2) Anderson Silva’s Front Kick KO vs. Vitor Belfort
There’s good reason why former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva is considered to be MMA’s G.O.A.T. His career is filled with highlight reel performances like this crazy front kick knockout over then middleweight contender, Vitor Belfort. It’s no wonder why the UFC gave it the #1 spot in its list of the Top 20 knockouts in the organization’s history.
3) Alain Ngalani’s Spinning Heel Kick KO vs. Mahmoud Hassan
Flashy, spinning kick knockouts never fails to take our breath away. But when it’s pulled off by a 229-pound heavyweight, the effect is multiplied tenfold. Cameroonian-born kickboxer and four-time Muay Thai World Champion Alain Ngalani is known for his speed and trademark move “The Panther High Kick”. This spinning heel kick he used to knockout Mahmoud Hassan in his ONE debut shows us why we should never underestimate the speed and agility of a heavyweight.
4) Edson Barboza’s Spinning Heel Kick vs. Terry Etim
As a former Taekwondo practitioner and professional Muay Thai fighter, it’s not hard to see why Edson Barboza is one of the most exciting strikers in business. Here, he sends Terry Etim falling crashing stiff into the canvas with a beautiful spinning heel kick. This knockout won the “Knockout of the Year” in 2012 and is still considered one of the most unbelievable knockouts in MMA today.
5) Gabriel Gonzaga’s Head Kick KO vs. Mirko Cro-Cop
Mirko “Cro-Cop” Filipovic is widely considered as one of the greatest knockout artist in both kickboxing and MMA. Which is why the world of MMA turned inside when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Gabriel Gonzaga, who was the underdog coming into the fight, knocked Filipovic out with the very technique that made the Croatian legend famous.
6) Ev Ting’s Head Kick KO vs. Edward Kelly
Malaysia’s top MMA prospect Ev Ting is a powerhouse in the cage. His willingness to bring the fight everytime he steps into a fight has made him one of the most exciting fighters to watch in ONE. In his second fight for ONE, the 25-year old fighter battled Filipino Edward Kelly in an exciting back-and-forth fight before knocking Kelly out in the second round with a well placed high kick.
7) Uriah Hall’s Spinning Hook Kick KO vs. Adam Cella
No one will ever be able to forget the moment Uriah Hall sent shockwaves through the entire The Ultimate Fighter House with this cringe-worthy spinning hook kick over Adam Cella. The knockout kicked off Hall’s rise to fame in UFC and also made him one of the most anticipated and exciting talents from the show.
8) Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke’s Knee KO vs. Rene Catalan
Yahoo Sports’ MMA Insider Year End Award winner for Knockout of the Year is hard to watch. This gut-wrenching knee from current ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke left Rene Catalan wincing in pain, forcing the referee to wave the fight off. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you decide to clinch with a three-time Lumpinee Muay Thai World Champion.
9) Dan Henderson’s Right Cross KO vs. Michael Bisping
There’s good reason why Dan Henderson is one of the biggest punchers in the sport. Dubbed the “H-Bomb”, Dan Henderson’s right hand has put some of the biggest names in MMA to sleep. He does it again here against Michael Bisping at UFC 100. Henderson’s right hand was so explosive that Bisping went completely unconscious even before hitting the canvas.
10) Amir Khan’s Elbow KO vs. Waqar Umar
Top Asian MMA prospect and Evolve Fight Team’s Amir Khan is one of the most impressive and promising fighters to have emerged from Singapore. In his second fight under the ONE Championship banner, the 20-year old proved that he is a force to be reckoned with as he smashed Waqar Umar to unconsciousness with a series of devastating elbows.
Crazy knockouts like these never fail to shock and excite us. It’s no wonder MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world!