Nothing gets the blood of an MMA fan going like a good knockout.
While slightly barbaric, the ability to stun a man cold is nothing short of amazing. Then, you factor in that the victim is a cold-blooded fighter who has spent months training to rip your head off at the same time, you get greatness.
Some see savage beatings, while others see beautiful martial arts at its fullest potential. A perfectly-timed head kick, a flying knee out of nowhere, or a devastating spinning back fist makes MMA a sport unlike any other. In boxing, you have to knock a guy down a few times (in most cases, see Mike Tyson vs. Marvis Frazier) to get the finish, but an MMA knockout can happen in a matter of one second or one strike if a fighter lets their guard down for a moment.
We’ve decided to rank the top-30 knockouts in the history of MMA from all promotions, Strikeforce, UFC, Bellator, Pride and more. Some are on the list because of brutality, others because of sheer magnitude, and some are just downright savage. Obviously, not everyone will agree with our list, so if you disagree share your thoughts below in the comments.
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