The first four months of MMA this year have brought us from exciting fights like Matt Grice vs. Dennis Bermudez and Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche, to less exciting fights like Lyoto Machida vs Dan Henderson and Lil Nog vs Rashad Evans. The good thing is there are always going to be some awesome knockouts on the horizon. Here are what we believe to be the top 5 knockouts of 2013 so far.
# 5 Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron
At UFC 156, Tyron Woodley was making his UFC debut against MMA veteran, Jay Hieron. Instead of the veteran putting a beating on the promotional newcomer, we were able to see a lightning quick 36 second knock out. Not a bad way to make a statement in your first UFC fight. Not bad at all.
#4 Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
Coming into the fight at UFC on Fuel TV 8, the Japanese fans in attendance and everyone watching at home were hoping to witness the Wanderlei Silva of old. The one who made his mark terrorizing his opponents in Pride. Well that’s just what they got, and it was a true sight to see. In this fight Silva took us back in time where his vintage form displayed skill that enabled him to clip Brian Stann with a left to the jaw at 4:08 of the second round.
#3 Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
The fight between Mark Hunt and Stefan Struve, we knew there was no way that this fight would go to the scorecards. It definitely seemed the fight could only go two ways: Hunt was going to get the knock out, or Struve was going to get the fight to the ground for a submission. What we didn’t expect was how absolutely devastating Hunts plan of attack would be! Hunt was able to drop Struve with a (literally) jaw breaking left jab that ended the fight at 1:44 of the third round.
#2 Emanuel Newton vs. Muhammed ” King Mo” Lawal
Calling Emanuel Newton an underdog in this fight would be considered a massive understatement. Everyone expected King Mo to win the tournament with ease and eventually win the belt. Apparently Newton didn’t get the memo as he landed a perfectly placed spinning back fist right on Muhammed’s chin that made King Mo drop instantly. The sheer excitement on the face of Newton made this victory all the more enjoyable.
#1 Antonio ” Big Foot” Silva vs. Alistair ” Demolition Man” Overeem
There’s a reason why this is “the” number one knock out of the year so far. Going into UFC 156, everyone was excited to see a bout between Big Foot and Overeem. Fans were expecting Overeem to win, for an eventual match between Cain Velasquez and Alistair for the Heavyweight title. Yet, it was not meant to be. Alistair’s over confident attitude proved to be his down fall going into the third round. Although every round before it was dominant by the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, Big Foot was able to hit him with everyting but the kitchen sink in the third. It proved to be too much for Overeem and he was knocked out cold. Who would have guessed we’d see Big Foot himself fighting for a shot at the Heavyweight title at UFC 160. Talk about Redemption.
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