MMA  > General MMA  > Best (Worst) KO Ever?
January 30, 2012, 03:30 PM
Seems like a simple enough question, right?

What is the best KO of all time?

I think all of us will have our own differences in criteria, so I predict some interesting discussion here.

There have been some hateful KO's in the history of MMA.

Michael Bisping getting stretched out by a beautiful H-Bomb courtesy of Dan Henderson at the biggest PPV in UFC history.

Remember when Vitor wrecked Matt Lindland in Affliction?

How about when Gary Goodridge demolished Oleg Taktarov at Pride 1? Or when he slammed his shin into Don Frye's head? Or when Gilbery Yvel crashed his shin into Gary's head?

How about when Mirko got a signature LHK on Igor Vovchanchyn?

Or when Igor Vovchanchyn announced that the tides of the martial arts were shifting when he smashed his giant right hand into Francisco Bueno and then landed a beautiful combination on the falling Bueno?

I vote for the last one, but they all have their merits. What say ye?
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January 30, 2012  04:01 PM ET
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I still love Hendos KO over Bisping. I think what made it even more great is the amount of s hit Bisping talked on the ultimate fighter show leading into the fight.

That's what made it great in the first place. In fact, you could say all the crap talking Bisping was doing is what made it, period. Henderson doesn't strike me as the type to fire off a late hit with that brutality unless provoked, which he was.

I generally don't like that kind of thing, but in this case, it was GREAT.

January 30, 2012  04:06 PM ET
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I still love Hendos KO over Bisping. I think what made it even more great is the amount of s hit Bisping talked on the ultimate fighter show leading into the fight.Barbozas KO a couple of weekends ago was sick. Whhel kick.Robbie Lawler KO over Melvin Manhoef is one that sticks out. Rampage over Wandy was a great one. Sick left hook.Matt Hammil over Mark Munoz was filthy.Hendo over Wandy in Pride.The Vitor KO over Lindland was brutal on the Affliction card. Think that was the 2nd Affliction card and I won some coin on that fight. Vitor was the underdog. I know, crazy.Fedor over Arlovski on that same Affliction card was awesome.JDS over Werdum was great.Those are just a few off the top of my head, but Hendo over Bisping still ranks #1 for me.

All great picks Jim, as I would expect from you.

I blotted the Rampage/Wanderlei knockout from UFC 92 out of my head, but damn it was a good one. I still think that Wandy putting him out, falling through the ropes pouring blood on the mat at Pride 28 was better though.

That wheel kick was awesome, but it didn't have a particularly nice set up and wasn't really part of a nice combination. Didn't need to be though, for sure got the job done. I'm sure I'm a little off of the MMA base on this one though because I see wheel kicks all the time in my TKD studio. For instance, I have seen some wheel kicks with really slick set ups in sparring that put guys out standing a few times in the gym, this is why I will be wearing a hockey helmet in sparring tonight:)

Lawler over Melvin was nice too, I forgot about this one. How about Melvin vs Hunt? Or when Melvin got KO'd by "Dirty" Bob Schrijber on the ground?

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January 30, 2012  07:31 PM ET

The top 3 that stick in my mind are:

Hendo's KO over Bisping. As a Hendo fan and a Bisping hater, what more could I have asked for. The hit to knock Bisping out was bad ****. The hit to shut Bisping up was brutal.


Tank Abbott's KO over Steve Nelmark. I remember watching it as a kid, and me and my dad thought Nelmark was either dead or he had a broken neck. Nelmark never fought again.


Wandy's KO over Rampage in their first fight. Wandy locked Rampage in the Thai clinch and landed several knees in a row. It's been a while since I watched, but Wandy beat the hell out of Rampage with mostly just knees and kicks, and Rampage dropped like a rock at the end.

January 30, 2012  08:48 PM ET
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I still love Hendos KO over Bisping. I think what made it even more great is the amount of s hit Bisping talked on the ultimate fighter show leading into the fight.Barbozas KO a couple of weekends ago was sick. Whhel kick.Robbie Lawler KO over Melvin Manhoef is one that sticks out. Rampage over Wandy was a great one. Sick left hook.Matt Hammil over Mark Munoz was filthy.Hendo over Wandy in Pride.The Vitor KO over Lindland was brutal on the Affliction card. Think that was the 2nd Affliction card and I won some coin on that fight. Vitor was the underdog. I know, crazy.Fedor over Arlovski on that same Affliction card was awesome.JDS over Werdum was great.Those are just a few off the top of my head, but Hendo over Bisping still ranks #1 for me.

Gonzaga to Mirko chin to face to death leg bam!

January 30, 2012  08:48 PM ET
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That's what made it great in the first place. In fact, you could say all the crap talking Bisping was doing is what made it, period. Henderson doesn't strike me as the type to fire off a late hit with that brutality unless provoked, which he was.I generally don't like that kind of thing, but in this case, it was GREAT.

Agreed!

January 30, 2012  08:49 PM ET
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Wandy landing those knees in the clinch against Rampage and Rampage falling through the ropes was insane. Thats a good one.Correct on the wheel kick, which actually made it more amazing to me. It wasn't setup, he just landed it, and watching Etim fall like a statue was crazy.Anything involving Melvin is great, The dude is fun to watch. The Schrijber KO was more of a TKO but Melvin taking out Hunt was unbelievable.How about Sokoujou over Lil Nog? Another good one.Machida over Thiago Silva.Penns flying knee against Sherk.Condit over Hardy.Rubmle over Kevin Burns.Doomsday over Daniel Roberts.Kos over Yoshida.Rumble over Yoshida.Bigfoot over Mike Kyle.Aldo over Cub Swanson with a 7 second double flying knee.Just some more that I thought of.

Rumble over Tommy SPears

Machida over Rashad

January 30, 2012  08:52 PM ET

What about that Bedgord fight when he got knocked back to Ohio

January 30, 2012  11:12 PM ET
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Wandy over The Queen of Mean was awesome too.

I'll never forget that one, it was the first PPV I ever bought (one of the first UFC fights I ever watched). I bought it only because I wanted to watch Wanderlei, and when he crushed Jardine I jumped off of the couch.

I really didn't even know much of BJ Penn or Sherk then, and I actually fell asleep during the main event. I kept trying to stay awake, so I only remembered bits and pieces. I just remember BJ landing what seemed like a million jabs, busting Sherks eye up. I actually thought that the fight was a doctor stoppage because the eye was bad. It was a year later when I actually saw the finish and I was shocked.

January 30, 2012  11:16 PM ET
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Anything involving Melvin is great, The dude is fun to watch. The Schrijber KO was more of a TKO but Melvin taking out Hunt was unbelievable.

I haven't seen that fight in a while, maybe I remebered it a little wrong. Probably because I was so shocked that there was fighter out there that was that much worse on the ground than was Schrijber. I thought that he put Melvin to sleep with ground and pound. I'll have to watch that one again.

January 30, 2012  11:21 PM ET
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Tank Abbott's KO over Steve Nelmark. I remember watching it as a kid, and me and my dad thought Nelmark was either dead or he had a broken neck. Nelmark never fought again. Wandy's KO over Rampage in their first fight. Wandy locked Rampage in the Thai clinch and landed several knees in a row. It's been a while since I watched, but Wandy beat the hell out of Rampage with mostly just knees and kicks, and Rampage dropped like a rock at the end.

Yeah, Tank had the power for sure. The Matua knock out was crazy too, that one was really scary.

I might be remembering it wrong, but I don't think that Rampage dropped in the first Silva fight, at the end that is. I thought that one got stopped after something like a dozen knees, and the ref stopped it while it was still standing. I haven't seen that one for a while though, and I don't have the DVD's for that Grand Prix.

January 30, 2012  11:32 PM ET

Oh, how about that insane Manhoef vs Cyborg fight? The male, or should I say bigger, or should I say heavier, Cyborg ended up stretched out, but that was a terrific fight.

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January 31, 2012  12:06 AM ET
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Was UFC 84. Damn I was close. The Machida-Ortiz fight was on the card also. Carwin, War Machine, Etim, Paul Harris were all on the undercard.

Wow, I didn't realize that Rousimar was on that card. I remember War Machine going night-night to an anaconda choke courtesy of Yoshyuki Yoshida.

Machida/Ortiz was so boring for all but the last minute. Might not be that boring to me now, but it was then.

Funny, but I remember the Carwin fight now. I thought ,"That guy is huge! But he looks old and slow, he will never be elite."

Don't know how I missed Palhares vs Salavery, I must have slept through that one as well.

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