With June just around the corner and a summer filled with top-quality MMA action ahead of us, the time is perfect to sit back and admire some of the most impressive knockout wins the UFC has had to offer so far this year as we move deeper into the summer.
2017 has perhaps not been the most amazingly entertaining year in the sport’s history, but over the course of the last few months we’ve been gifted with some truly beautiful knockout victories so without further ado, here are the top-10 UFC knockouts of the year so far.
#10 – Darren Elkins def. Mirsad Bektic at UFC 209
Our opening KO is all about the context. Mirsad Bektic looked set to bring home an impressive decision win over the veteran Darren Elkins but sure enough, with two-minutes on the clock, Elkins turned the tables on the Bosnian, knocking him out and earning himself one of the greatest UFC comeback wins of all time.
— Denis Horvat (@denishorvat85) March 5, 2017
#9 – Stipe Miocic def. Junior dos Santos at UFC 211
The UFC’s heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic had a real point to prove with this one as he looked to avenge the most recent loss on his otherwise stellar record and though the judges were needed to name a winner in his last contest with Junior dos Santos, Miocic’s power proved too much for the Brazilian in the rematch.
#8 Yair Rodriguez def. BJ Penn at UFC Fight Night 103
This one was a little tough to watch. For just over one round, the Mexican prospect Yair Rodriguez pretty much had his way with the legend BJ Penn, using him almost as a canvas as he painted a rather one-sided picture, peppering the Hawaiian with a variety of spinning techniques before finishing him off with a beautiful front-kick to right-hand combo.
#7 – Francis Ngannou def. Andrei Arlovski at UFC on FOX 23
Coming in at number-7 is another example of a legend who is perhaps a bit too far past his prime. In Francis Ngannou, we have one of the heavyweight division’s brightest up-and-comers and when he took on the former champ Andrei Arlovski, the resulting knockout was swift and brutal.
— Denis Horvat (@denishorvat85) January 29, 2017
#6 – Marlon Vera def. Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 107
This particular KO was one that broke the hearts of thousands of MMA fans across the world as the veteran Brad Pickett was denied his chance to retire on a high when he was viciously head-kicked by his opponent Marlon Vera while fighting in his home-country of England.
— Denis Horvat (@denishorvat85) March 19, 2017
#5 – Thiago Santos def. Jack Marshman at UFC Fight Night 105
The lone spinning-attack on this list comes courtesy of the always-dangerous Brazilian, Thiago Santos, who almost decapitated the rather unfortunate Jack Marshman earlier this year with a spinning heel-kick that came completely out of nowhere.
— Shahed Jahedi (@ShahedJahedi) February 20, 2017
#4 – Jimi Manuwa def. Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107
Jimi Manuwa’s left-hook had its finest moment to date when he took on the Ultimate Fighter winner Corey Anderson at UFC London. It was all done and dusted within the opening round and for Manuwa, it was a win that made a very serious statement to the rest of the 205lb division and its champion, Daniel Cormier.
— Denis Horvat (@denishorvat85) March 19, 2017
#3 – Mike Perry def. Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 108
Love him or hate him, Mike Perry’s fight-ending abilities are simply beyond questioning at this point. At UFC Fight Night 108, Perry landed one of the most vicious elbows I’ve seen in some time on the veteran Jake Ellenberger and despite his somewhat divisive nature, earned himself a ton of new fans on the strength of this one alone.
#2 – Marc Diakiese def. Teemu Packalen at UFC Fight Night 107
The unbeaten Marc Diakiese had one of the most impressive performances of the year when he completely annihilated Teemu Packalen at UFC London. The ‘Bonecrusher’ came out with a variety of spinning attacks and instantly had his opponent looking nervous. The strong overhand that ended the fight, however, was nothing short of astounding in its own right.
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) March 18, 2017
#1 – Edson Barboza def. Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 106
Edson Barboza is a scary, scary individual, all things considered and when he took on the rising-lightweight Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 106, he reminded the world exactly why he is one of the most fearsome finishers on the UFC’s roster at any weight class with an absolutely superb flying knee that has already made him the front-runner for ‘Knockout of the Year’ honours come 2018.
— Cageside (@CagesideReport) March 14, 2017
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena