Video: The best knockouts of 2011

Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida put Steven Seagal into the MMA pantheon this year with some finishing techniques attributed to the action movie star.  We like to see technical proficiency on display, but sometimes you just want to see someone get knocked unconscious.  Here are a few of the year’s best knockouts in chronological order:

Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort: UFC 126, February 5, 2011
The Spider was annoying people in the stands as he seemed to be clowning around in a performance reminiscent of his fights against Thales Leites and Demian Maia.  Then he launched a front kick and won everyone back

Patricky Freire vs Toby Imada: Bellator 39, April 2, 2011
The Freire brothers were able to advance to the finals of both of their tournaments.  Patricky Pitbull fights in the lightweight division, and delivered this flying knee KO

Lyoto Machida vs Randy Couture: UFC 129, April 30, 2011
Another Seagal move gets put into play as Machida kicks Couture into retirement.  The flying front crane kick will be replayed for years to come

Marius Zaromskis vs Bruno Carvalho: Rumble of the Kings, November 26, 2011
Zaromskis has not lived up to expectations, but he did deliver this devastating somersault KO this year at an event in Sweden

Cairo Rocha vs Francisco Neves: BFRC, December 16, 2011
The capoeira kick heard round the world and reposted everywhere.  Cairo Rocha put the compasso kick on the map with the evasive maneveuring plus spinning kick

Adam Aliev vs Alexei Belyaev: League S-70, December 23, 2011
Remember playing Street Fighter and using Ryu or Ken?  Well, Mr. Aliev had to take this 1 step further by actually becoming a video game character and executing this hurricane kick

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  • shogun fan

    No Sam Stout-Yves Edwards? Stout made people remember why his nickname is “Hands of Stone”

  • shogun fan

    Also, does it seem like the UFC fights are going more and more to decision? I don’t have info on this but this would make it more difficult to do posts likethis. Guess we can always have a look at the minor leagues.

    • rayang

      The data does indeed show an increasing number of fights going to decision.