UFC 141 featured Johny Hendricks versus Jon Fitch as the 8th bout in the card. It didn't take long for the action to start for as soon as the bell rang, it was an all-out war between two fierce competitors. It was only just moments into the bout that Hendricks decided to capitalize on the opportunity to send his opponent into a knockout.
He did. Hendricks managed to land a straight left that was so brutal looking, it had actually sent Fitch into unconsciousness. Of course, Hendricks had to make sure there was no getting out of it, which is why he decided to land one more punch as a precuation. In the post-fight interview, Hendricks was really proud of his performance, thanking his trainers and everyone who supported him.
This by far the best display of violence I’ve ever seen in the octagon. Dan Henderson is a savage killer, and he proved that when he fought Michael Bisping. As Bisping was circling the former Strikeforce light heavyweight king, Henderson threw a lazy kick to distract Bisping for the bomb that was about to go off in his face. Even after the punch nearly removed Bisping’s jaw from his face, Henderson put his entire weight behind a punch while Bisping was on the ground, He jumped and king konged Bisping’s mug to really say goodnight to the English middleweight. This is the best knockout because it’s the most violent punch during the biggest show in the sport’s history. Knockouts like Henderson’s are what grows the sport. This is what drives interest with casual fans, and I’m glad Bisping sacrificed his jaw for the good of the sport he loves.
It’s safe to say that we may never see another knockout like the one Hendo put on the chin of Michael Bisping. It was also the first time that Bisping had been finished in professional MMA. Bisping is a crazy talent, and you don’t finish crazy talent like that very often. Henderson may never gain UFC gold, but we will never forget this punch. It sure does look like Bisping’s going to need a set of dental implants if he ever goes through more knockouts like this. Man, he surely felt that the next morning. 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. Disclaimer: Some of what you are about to see may be graphic, reader discretion is advised.