Quickest Knockouts of 2020

Published 12/08/2020, 10:02 AM EST
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 17: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon celebrates his KO victory over Cain Velasquez in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 17, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC Credits Getty Images)


Knockouts are undoubtedly the most thrilling part of MMA. Fans love to see knockouts.

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There have also been some devastating knockouts in 2020. Joaquin Buckley’s knockout over Impa Kasanganay has made all kinds of highlight reels. Some of the others have been very fast. Here, we take a look at the top 5 quickest knockouts of 2020.

1. Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik

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It is no surprise that “The Predator” Francis Ngannou leads the chart for the fastest knockout of 2020. At UFC 249, Ngannou came across another vicious heavyweight knockout artist, Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

The fight was expected to be over soon with two of the scariest hitters facing each other. Rozenstruik opened up with some leg kicks before Ngannou decided to throw technicals out of the window and started swinging wild haymakers.

Rozenstruik got caught by one punch and the fight was over in as early as 20 seconds.

Fans were stunned to see the scary knockout by Ngannou.

2. Khaos Williams Vs Alex Morono

Khaos Williams holds two spots in the top 5 list. At UFC 247, Williams faced Alex Morono in a welterweight contest.

Williams started the fight in a wild fashion, swinging for the fences. He caught Morono and rocked him.

Williams had vicious power in his strikes, and it was too much for Morono. Williams continued to hurt his opponent and finished the fight in a mere 28 seconds. The win extended his pro-MMA record to 10-1.

3. Khaos Williams Vs Abdul Razak Alhasan

Williams fought Abdul Razak Alhassan in his next outing after UFC 247. This time, he took only 2 seconds longer than his previous 28 second finish.

Williams’ power was no secret at this point. But, he emphasized that even more in this fight.

He finished Alhassan in 30 seconds. Williams had to connect one punch to knock his opponent out cold.

He proceeded to provide another hammer fist with his opponent down which was not really necessary, considering Alhassan was already out cold. A 30 second knockout made the rest of the welterweight division aware of his arrival even more.

4. Domingo Pilarte Vs Journey Newson

Domingo Pilarte and Journey Newson faced each other in a bantamweight contest at UFC 247. In an exciting clash, Pilarte started aggressively and caught Newson with a head kick which rocked him.

But Newson, as he was getting back to his full condition, provided a vicious knockout as he caught Pilarte clean with a right hand and knocked him out at the 38 seconds mark. It was a quick and entertaining comeback KO.

But the contest was later overturned to a draw as Newson failed a drug test.

5. Ion Cutelaba Vs Magomed Ankalaev 1

In an exciting light heavyweight bout, two of the toughest contenders of the division came across each other. “The Hulk” Cutelaba almost started fighting Ankalaev while Bruce Buffer was announcing the fighters.

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The fight started with both fighters swinging for the finish. Cutelaba seemed to have been caught by Ankalaev and a bit wobbly on his feet. Although, it was just gamesmanship on Cutelaba’s part and the referee got fooled. He thought Cutelaba was out on his feet and called a stop to the contest at 38 seconds of Round 1.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Ion Cutelaba of Moldova punches Magomed Ankalaev of Russia in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020, on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Cutelaba was visibly disgusted. A rematch between the two was set at UFC 254. This time, Ankalaev won cleanly via knockout towards the end of the first round.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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