There were some excellent knockouts in the world of boxing and MMA last year, so we decided to take a look back at our favorites and send the year off the right way – with a bang.
Randall Bailey Knocks Out Mike Jones
It might have taken 11 rounds for Bailey to take down Jones but the ending was well worth the wait. Built as one of the big HBO cards of the year, this fight became one of the year’s truly special bouts – especially since it was the last HBO call for the late Emmanuel Steward.
Cung Le Knocks Out Rich Franklin
As the former Strikeforce champion, Le had something to prove to the Macao crowd and did so early, sending Franklin to the mat just 2:17 into the first round. Franklin came at Le with a leg kick, at which point Le blocked it and countered with a devastating right hook to the face.
Edson Barboza Knocks Out Terry Etim
Let’s face it, this makes the list simply based of its “wow-factor”. In the middle of the third round Barboza landed the first wheel kick knockout in UFC history, which earned him the Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night honors. It was so brutal that Etim remained motionless afterwards and the referee had to call out the medical staff. We thought it was pretty incredible.
Jose Aldo Knocks Out Chad Mendes
Last January the UFC saw one of the best knockouts in its history. Late into the first round Aldo landed a knee to the face that sent Mendes flying to the mat. Aldo continued with his fury, landing several punches to the face that weren’t necessary because Mendes was down and out. It was the one KO that we felt inclined to watch over and over and over.
Juan Manuel Marquez Knocks Out Manny Pacquiao
Since Floyd Mayweather has continued to duck Pacquiao – and vice versa – this fight was built up as boxing’s biggest fight of the last decade. It might not be the best on the list but given the huge stage and the fact that Pacquiao had 54 wins, four losses and two draws beforehand, Marquez’s feat is that much more impressive. With one second left in the sixth round Marquez landed a counter punch that destroyed Pacquiao. The boxing world has been talking about it ever since – good luck finding footage though, HBO has it under wraps.
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