MMA Junkie’s Knockout of the Month for November: Chris Gutierrez ends Frankie Edgar’s career

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best knockouts from November 2022: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s Knockout of the Month award for November.

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Nominee: Matt Frevola def. Ottman Azaitar at UFC 281

[autotag]Matt Frevola[/autotag] (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) and Ottman Azaitar (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) finally got to fight and after years of anticipation, it ended quickly.

After some heavy exchanges to start the lightweight bout, Frevola knocked out Azaitar with a brutal three-punch combination that ended the fight at the midway point of the opening round.

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Nominee: Ryan Spann def. Dominick Reyes at UFC 281

Former title challenger Dominick Reyes’ (12-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) “massively upgraded defense” did not show itself against [autotag]Ryan Spann[/autotag] (21-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in their light heavyweight showdown.

Spann needed just 80 seconds to score the biggest win of his career and floored Reyes with a vicious finish courtesy of a gigantic overhand right punch.

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Nominee: Chris Gutierrez def. Frankie Edgar at UFC 281

Former UFC champion Frankie Edgar’s (25-10-1 MMA, 19-10-1 UFC) final career fight went as badly as it could when he was knocked out cold by [autotag]Chris Gutierrez[/autotag] (19-4-2 MMA, 7-1-1 UFC).

Ex-lightweight titleholder Edgar was put out a little more than two minutes into the first round by Gutierrez in their bantamweight bout. It was a perfect knee that closed the show and brought an end to Edgar’s illustrious career.

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Nominee: Daniel James def. Tyrell Fortune at Bellator 288

[autotag]Daniel James[/autotag] (14-6-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) pulled off an impressive comeback, topped with a vicious finish over wrestling standout Tyrell Fortune (12-3 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) in their heavyweight bout.

James had some rough moments in the first round, as he was taken down and hit by ground-and-pound from Fortune. However, early in Round 2, James tagged Fortune with a huge uppercut and then finished him with strikes on the ground.

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Nominee: Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Stevie Ray at 2022 PFL Championships

[autotag]Olivier Aubin-Mercier[/autotag] (17-5) was having some trouble in the second round of his $1 million lightweight title fight. Rather than go to the third, he just took Stevie Ray (25-11) out, instead.

Aubin-Mercier knocked out Ray late in the second round. The Canadian’s stoppage win came with 20 seconds left in the frame and came not long after he got back to his feet after Ray controlled him on the canvas for several minutes.

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The winner: Chris Gutierrez

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In the eyes of many, Edgar’s career will land him in the Hall of Fame. But what is expected to be the final result on his record, will be a knockout loss to Gutierrez

Gutierrez kneed Edgar brutally in the head. The unconscious Edgar toppled over backward. His head hit the canvas and the bout was waved off at the 2:03 mark of Round 1. It took Edgar a few minutes to regain his bearings, and an emotional Gutierrez tried to embrace the retiree.

It was one-way traffic from the beginning. Gutierrez threw spinning techniques and crisp shots as Edgar showed off his trademark foot movement. It only took a couple minutes for Gutierrez to gauge the veteran’s timing, though, and he sent the knee up the middle to close the show.

After the fight, Edgar was emotional as he bid farewell to the crowd on the microphone.

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