Fight Network's Top 10 Knockouts of 2012
Ariel Shnerer / January 2, 2013 - 5:40pm
TOP 10 KNOCKOUTS
It's not often we get to witness a spinning wheel kick end fights in the UFC. In a finish that resembled a Hollywood action film, Barboza unleashed one of the most spectacular kicks in UFC history, immediately knocking Etim unconscious.
On the same card, the UFC featherweight champion landed a vicious knee and a subsequent flurry to put Mendes away with just one second remaining in the opening round. Aldo jumped into the Brazilian crowd to celebrate a memorable knockout.
Headlining the UFC's first event in China, the Vietnamese-born Le scored a stunning upset as he knocked out Franklin with a perfectly timed overhand punch in the first round. Franklin immediately fell face-first to the ground as Le scored his second victory of the year.
One of the flashiest fighters in the UFC, the last reigning WEC lightweight champion didn't disappoint as he unloaded a head kick and flurry to knock out Lauzon in Japan. He needed just over a minute to do it.
In addition to being a memorable upset, Boetsch's finishing flurry on Okami was quite a sight. After landing a head kick, Boetsch came forward and started teeing off with his fists, leaving Okami nowhere to go but down.
In a classic back-and-forth fight between former teammates, Guillard staggered Cerrone early. The Greg Jackson-trained "Cowboy" recovered. Once he shook off all the cobwebs, Cerrone rocked Guillard with a head kick before dropping him with a perfect straight right.
With the Bellator featherweight championship on the line, Curran was successfully stuffing most of Warren's takedown attempts. In the third round, Curran unleashed a cavalcade of flashy tricks, brutalizing Warren with knees and punches to knock him out cold at the 1:25 mark.
The 21-year-old McDonald could be the future of the bantamweight division. At UFC 145, his speed and precision were too much for the longtime veteran and former WEC champion Torres. After a first-round flurry triggered by a right uppercut, McDonald scored the sizzling knockout.
Yet another knockout from UFC 144 in Japan makes the list as the resurgent Pride veteran Hunt outslugged Kongo, knocking him out just 2:11 into their heavyweight showdown. After backing Kongo up against the cage and unleashing a series of heavy rights, the chiseled Frenchman fell to the canvas.
In a finish reminiscent of Hendricks' knockout of Jon Fitch last December, a perfectly timed punch knocked Kampmann out clean. If anyone was doubting Hendricks' knockout power before this fight, the result should change some opinions.
The karate specialist Thompson made his UFC debut a memorable one as he collapsed Stittgen with a picture-perfect right head kick, picking up the victory at 4:13 of the first round.
The Canadian veteran Jimmo was making his UFC debut with a reputation for boring decisions. Jimmo shattered that reputation in a hurry, storming Perosh with a big right hand to tie the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history at just seven seconds.
The list of impressive knockouts from Canadians making their UFC debuts this year continues with Denis, who finished Joseph Sandoval with a series of sharp standing elbows at the 22-second mark of the opening stanza.
Speaking of memorable knockouts and UFC debuts, Bahadurzada burst onto the scene in April, brutally knocking out Paulo Thiago with a right hand. The Brazilian fell face-first to the mat, while Bahadurzada put the welterweight division on notice.
In a featured light heavyweight bout on the inaugural card presented by the upstart World Series of Fighting organization, the UFC veteran Johnson beautifully countered a charging Linderman with a short right hand. Linderman fell face-first to the ground, which always makes for a memorable knockout.