It has been a difficult year for all sports across the world. The UFC has been no exception. The pandemic has meant that live sports have been canceled for many months now. And for a few months, it allowed no sporting activities at all.
The UFC, however, ensured that they returned to live-action as soon as possible and spearheaded the quest for normalcy.
Though it has not been the most ideal year for the promotion, we as fans have witnessed some incredible fights and some incredible knockouts this year. We take a look at some of the best knockouts this year in no particular order.
Sean O’Malley is considered one of the brightest prospects in the bantamweight division. At UFC 250 he took on a veteran in Eddie Wineland who has just a little under 3 times the fights that O’Malley has.
Most fans and pundits alike considered Wineland a litmus test for O’Malley to see if he could live up to all the hype that he had garnered. ‘Suga’ proved that he is the real deal when he stopped Eddie in the very first round.
O’Malley faked a right uppercut and came over the top with a perfectly timed right hand that knocked Wineland out cold. ‘Suga’ walked off in style as soon as Wineland hit the floor.
He was matched up against Kasanganay at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen for his second fight with the promotion.
‘New Mensa’ threw a left kick which was caught by Kasanganay. As he held onto the leg, he improvised and threw a spinning kick with his other leg and knocked ‘Tshilobo’ out cold.
The timing and improvisation were truly commendable and one of the most devastating knockouts ever seen in the UFC.
Francis Ngannou is one of if not the scariest knockout artist that has ever stepped foot in the octagon. The Cameroon born fighter is a freak of nature and possesses unnatural power in both his hands.
Therefore, when ‘Biggie boy’ called him out, fans and pundits were shocked that he called Francis Ngannou out of everyone he could have called out.
However, Francis accepted the fight and was uber-confident in his abilities, and rightfully so. The fight lasted all of 20 seconds as a barrage of wild punches connected and instantly turned the lights off on Rozenstruik.
Yet another devastating knockout added to Ngannou’s impressive resume. The win moved him to 4-0 all with a combined time of less than 3 minutes.
Former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt had a tough run of fights. He was on a 3-fight skid, all being knockouts. The former champion accepted a match against a dangerous opponent in Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250.
However, this time around with new coaches in his corner and a new approach to the game. Cody looked like a man reinvigorated, as he dominated the early exchanges.
Towards the end of the second round, ‘No Love’ was backed up against the fence with Assuncao pressing forward. The American fighter bent down and loaded up on his right hand as he came up swinging at Assuncao.
The punch landed right on the temple and knocked Assuncao out cold. The buzzer rang for the end of the round as he hit the canvas. One of the best buzzer-beaters ever in the promotion.
Going into the fight there were a lot of doubts about McGregor’s motivation to continue given that he had achieved everything he wanted and was also set financially.
However, Conor proved doubters wrong once again as he finished Cowboy in 40-seconds. He started off the damage with brilliant shoulder strikes to the nose and finished the fight with a high kick followed by a barrage of punches. MMA fans will be hoping to see more of this in 2021.
What do you make of the list? Are there any fights that we have missed out? Let us know in the comments below what your pick for knockout of the year is.
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