Using an uppercut punch can be a risky move because it temporarily drops your guard. When fighters get close in, using a cross and other direct punches are often preferred for their ability to travel faster to the opponent. However, when a fighter chooses to go with the sharp power of an uppercut, the deadly force from an upward angle can spell knockout victory. For all of the risk of the punch, the payoff of the uppercut KO in MMA is unlike any other. Here are the top 5 MMA uppercut KO’s.
#5- Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchsherer
Mark “The Super Samoan” Hunt broke a 6 fight losing streak with a bang against Christ Tuchscherer in UFC 127. Starting at 9:50 minutes, you can see Mark Hunt start the striking combinations that means the beginning of the end for his opponent. Tuchsherer tries to take Hunt down to counter his strikes but it isn’t enough to stop “The Super Samoan.” Tuchscherer ducks down after getting hit by Hunt’s left hook and it puts him in the perfect spot to torque the uppercut KO. Hunt is so confident in his punch that he confidently walked away in celebration.
#4- Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Robbie Lawler
In Elite XC: Uprising, Robbie Lawler faced middleweight champ Murilo Ninja Rua. At 23:20, Lawler starts connecting on punches that start to wear Rua down. This #4 MMA uppercut KO doesn’t land as a single punch, but after a series of punches that demonstrate Lawler’s great striking skills. After damaging “Ninja” with a barrage of fists, he falls down into Lawler’s right hand that should have been the last punch needed to convince the referee that the fight was over.
#3- Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin
The uppercut action of UFC 111 starts at 3:30. Shane Carwin is able get his left hand out of Mir’s Clinch and land a left hook that stuns him. Plain and simple, Shane Carwin jackhammers Frank Mir with 6 left uppercuts until following up with more ground and pound for the finish.
#2- Brad Pickett vs. Yves Jabouin
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Brad “One Touch” Pickett faced Yves Jabouin at UFC on Fuelt TV: Struve vs. Miocic. He more than lives up to his nickname with the whopping uppercut KO he perfectly lands on Jabouin’s chin. Jabouin saw Pickett loading up a punch and tried to catch him with a left hook, but pickett was able to get inside and land a strong right right uppercut that took Jabouin straight to the ground.
#1 Junior Dos Antos vs. Fabricio Verdum
Junior Dos Antos took “knockout of the night” in UFC 90 for the #1 MMA uppercut KO finish on our list. Dos Antos moves his hands to hide where the punch is coming, and Verdum ends up buying the left feint. You can see in the slow motion portion that Verdum’s countering right cross just barely grazes Dos Antos’ chin before the right uppercut connects on him with no defense on the left.