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The 5 Most Devastating MMA Flying Knee KO’s

(Felipe Arantes lands a flying knee against Milton Vieira during their UFC 147 featherweight bout, photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
When executed with precision, a flying knee has got to be one of the flashiest KO’s in the MMA business. After pushing off the lead leg, the rear leg comes up with for a powerful strike that can spell doom when it connects on the head. There’s a lot of risk involved in leaving your feet for the flying knee, but it’s a strike with KO potential when executed with precision. Here are the top 5 most devastating MMA flying knee KO’s.

#5- Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Miyata

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto faced Kazuyuki Miyata in K-1 Hero’s 5 on May 3, 2006. There’s not a whole lot to say about this flying knee other than it was the perfect way to open and close the fight. Yamamoto seizes the opportunity to overwhelm his opponent off the jump and takes the KO just 4 seconds into the fight.

 #4- Spencer Fisher vs. Matt Wiman

Spencer Fisher faced Matt Wiman in UFC 60. Wiman doesn’t seem to expect fisher to be able to close the distance so quickly on him after breaking out of Fisher’s Thai clinch. He ducks down in reaction to Fisher’s sudden jump forward at the exact wrong time to be meet with the left flying knee. Fisher was so certain of the KO that he didn’t event follow up with ground strikes.

#3- Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Akira Shoji

In Pride Shockwave, “Ninja” faced Akira Shoji. Ninja is taken down early in the fight and attempts a guillotine choke that Shoji is able from. Shoji isn’t able to capitalize from the top position and Ninja is soon able to get to his feet. At 3:30, Ninja’s striking really connects on Shoji until he is able to force him to the corner and close the fight with a flying knee victory.

#2- B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk

BJ Penn barely edges the flying knee KO into the last seconds of round 3 in his match against Sean Sherk in UFC 84. At 1:03, Penn lands a beautiful left hook to right uppercut combination that sends Sherk to the cage. Sherk bounces off the fence and Penn perfectly times his the left knee to meet his opponent’s chin as he lunges down. After sealing the deal with right uppercuts, it’s game over for Sherk.

#1- Anderson Silva vs. Carlos Newton

“The Spider” fought in Pride 25 against Carlos Newton. Newton takes Anderson down early in the fight where  both battle for control unsuccessfully for 5 minutes. After being stood up by the referee, Newton makes the mistake of ducking down under Anderson’s jump and is finished by flying knee KO and punches.
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Kurt Tellez
Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo’s appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.