November 30, 2009
Knockouts come in all forms and fashion. This list is based on the uniqueness, stupidity, ferocity and shocking nature of the KO.
10. James Irvin vs. Houston Alexander, UFC Fight Night 13, April 2, 2008 -- Broomfield, Colo.
Alexander surprised the MMA world in 2007 by destroying Keith Jardine in his UFC debut but got crushed less than a year later by a superman punch from Irvin. Alexander was actually woken back up when he got hit one more time on the ground. The first punch was so hard Irvin wouldn't shake my hand in the postfight saying it was hurt.
9. Joey Villasenor vs. Hank Weiss, King of the Cage New Mexico, Aug. 28, 2004 --Albuquerque, NM
Villasenor has turned into a pretty solid middleweight with big knockout power. Weis, who was 15-3 at the time, lost 12 of his next 19 fights.
8. Bernard Ackah vs. Johnnie Morton, K-1 Hero's Dynamite, June 2, 2007 -- Los Angeles
The embarrassing KO of Morton sent a message to all crossover athletes -- you don't want to "try" MMA for a paycheck. Morton was knocked cold on national television. He didn't speak a whole lot before the fight and he certainly had nothing to say after.
7. Anderson Silva vs. Chris Leben, UFN 5, June 28, 2006 -- Las Vegas
This probably isn't even Silva's most devastating knockout but it's the one that sent the loudest message. Silva, an unknown to American fans, couldn't possibly take out the iron-chinned Leben, could he? He did so in less than a minute. His hands were so fast that Leben never saw what was coming. That was the first of 10 straight wins in the UFC.
6. Dan Henderson vs. Wanderlei Silva, Pride 33, Feb. 24, 2007 -- Las Vegas
Who knew Silva could be knocked out especially by a guy who was the 183 champ? Henderson shocked the world by destroying Silva using a beautiful spinning backfist to set things up and then a jarring left to finish the fight (16:10 mark). Silva has lost three of four fights since.
5. Phil Baroni vs. Dave Menne, UFC 39, Sept. 27, 2002 -- Uncasville, CT
Baroni looked like a punching bag at UFC 106 but there was a time when he was a lethal striker. Watch the finish as he gets off 10 punches in what seems like two seconds.
4. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Igor Vovchanchyn, PRIDE Total Elimination 2003, Aug. 10, 2003 -- Saitama, Japan
This fight showed off Cro Cop's calling card -- the head kick. Vovchanchyn falls asleep for one second and is put to sleep (4:20 mark).
3. Chris Clements vs. Lautaro Tucas, TKO 25 -- Montreal, Canada
This would be the stupidity I mentioned. Tucas must have been thinking with his tukus. Why was he jumping in the air? Clements makes him pay. Wisely Tucas hasn't fought since.
2. Kimbo Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli, EliteXC Heat, Oct. 4, 2008 -- Miami, Florida
Kimbo is nothing special nor is Petruzelli. But that jab in that spot on CBS was as big as any in MMA history. Petruzelli destroyed EliteXC's meal ticket. The company was out of business less than two months later. Plus the KO produced the most over the top, ridiculous fight call ever when Gus Johnson started screaming, "Rocky, Rocky!"
1. Quinton Jackson v. Ricardo Arona, PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004 -- Saitama, Japan
That was the old Rampage. The one who wrestled and manhandled people. He was scary. Arona tried to work an armbar or triangle, Jackson lifted him high into the air and knocked out the Brazilian with a power bomb. Wow!
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