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The sharp sound of a perfectly placed punch… a fighter careening to the mat with their eyes rolled back…the frenzied roar of the crowd. Everyone loves a knockout.

Luckily for fans of the KO, the world of mixed martial arts has more than its fair share of such moments. That’s especially true in the case of the UFC. Over the years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has built up quite a portfolio of thunderous left hooks, blistering jabs and bone-jarring uppercuts.

But which event should you watch to witness the finest knockouts in UFC history? With so many bouts to choose from, the choices are almost dizzying. That’s why we have assembled a list of the best lights-out moments in the history of the UFC.

Be sure to check back often. As long as fighters are getting knocked out, we’ll be documenting it right here on this page.

Pat Smith vs. Scott Morris

Event: UFC 2: No Way Out
Date: March 11th, 1994
Morris rushes Smith from the opening bell, but Smith gets him to the ground and mounts him. It’s all over from there, as Smith throws big punches from the mount which batter Morris senseless. An elbow shot knocks him out, and Smith throws in a few more for good measure before the referee stops the contest. Morris is bleeding all over the place, and he can barely stand. Ah, the brutality of the early UFC events.

Remco Pardoel vs. Orlando Weit

Event: UFC 2: No Way Out
Date: March 11th, 1994
Remco gets on top early, laying on Weit’s chest and working towards an armlock. As Weit struggles to get out from underneath, his head is exposed the entire time. After a bit, this dawns on Remco, and he decides to throw an elbow to the unprotected head of his opponent. The second elbow does the trick, and Weit is knocked out cold. Pardoel seems a bit shocked to have rendered his opponent unconscious, but the crowd loves it.

“What more closure is there when you see someone belly-up with their eyes shut, drooling?” Tim Sylvia

Harold Howard vs. Roland Payne

Event: UFC 3: The American Dream
Date: September 9th, 1994
Nobody makes a mullet work like my man Harold Howard. This one is a slugfest right from the beginning, as both men charge each other and commence swinging. There’s an attempt at grappling, both neither man seems that good at it, so they quickly end up trading punches again. Payne backs up his opponent with a few kicks, but Howard launches a flurry which begins to connect. Payne tries to cover up, but a big right cross drops him at 43 seconds into the bout.

Tank Abbott vs. John Matua

Event: UFC 6: Clash of the Titans
Date: July 14th, 1995
In a vicious fight, Matua comes right out and starts catching bombs from Tank Abbott. Both men swing wildly, and Matua is quickly bloodied. Tank lands a volley of four unanswered punches to the face of Matua, with the last punching knocking him out. Matua falls backwards, bounces his head off the mat, and eats another clubbing blow to the face from a ruthless Abbott. The fight is over. This one looks particularly bad, as the unconscious Matua’s muscles lock up and his arms and legs are suspended in mid-air.

Paul “The Polar Bear” Varelans vs. Cal Worsham

Event: UFC 6: Clash of the Titans
Date: July 14th, 1995
A wild brawl, Worsham initially does to damage to the much bigger Varelans. The Polar Bear is bleeding, After a half minute of wild swinging, both men are starting to tire. Varelans starts connecting more, and Worsham seems to stagger a bit. Varelans follows up with more punches, then he lands an elbow to the back of the neck which knocks Worsham out and sends him face-first into the mat.

Don “The Predator” Frye vs. Thomas Ramirez

Event: UFC 8: David vs. Goliath
Date: February 16th, 1996
Frye comes out in a southpaw stance and immediately starts connecting with the right jab. He then throws a couple of right hooks, one of which slips through and lands right on the button of Ramirez. The fight is over in only 8 seconds.

“Big Daddy” Gary Goodridge vs. Paul Herrera

Event: UFC 8: David vs. Goliath
Date: February 16th, 1996
You can tell this is an older match by the fact that Goodridge is wearing a gi. Herrera shoots and ends up in an impressive crucifix position, with his arms outstretched and trapped by Big Daddy. His right arm free, Goodridge throws a big elbow to the face of Herrera. After the second elbow, Herrera looks to be out, but it takes a few more before the referee can get in position to call it.

“He wakes up and he missed a whole season of The Sopranos. He doesn’t know what happened.” Randy Couture

Tank Abbott vs. Steve Nelmark

Event: The Ultimate Ultimate 2
Date: December 7th, 1996
Almost immediately, Abbott connects with a jab which has his opponent backing up. Seconds later, Tank drops Nelmark down with a thudding bodyslam. Back on their feet, Nelmark tries for a guillotine choke on the pit fighter, but Abbott pops his head out and continues the assault. Moments later during a clinch, Abbott frees his right hand and throws a powerful punch which careens into the jaw of his unlucky opponent at the 1:04 mark. Nelmark hits the deck like a sack of potatoes, his left leg folding underneath his body in an awkward fashion. KOs like this are what made Abbott into a fan favorite.

“The Smashing Machine” Mark Kerr vs. Greg “Ranger” Stott

Event: UFC 15: Collision Course
Date: October 17th, 1997
Stott throws a few jabs that don’t connect, then Kerr ties him up in the clinch and throws a single knee to the chin of his opponent. It connects, and this one is over in 17 seconds as Stott falls to the canvas.

Frank Shamrock vs. Igor “Houdini” Zinoviev

Event: UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou
Date: March 13th, 1998
Shamrock is defending his middleweight title. He works the leg kicks, forcing Zinoviev to rush in to try and stop him. Shamrock scoops him up and drops him down to the mat with a slam, knocking Zinoviev out at 21 seconds into the match. This was the first KO by takedown in the UFC.

Mark “The Hammer” Coleman vs. “El Duro” Pete Williams

Event: UFC 17: Redemption
Date: May 15th, 1998
The two men circle one another, each looking for an opening. Coleman, noticing a subtle left feint from Williams, ducks to his left and slides right into the path of a powerful head kick which connects flush with his face. Coleman falls backwards as his eyes roll back, and the place explodes with excitement. Coleman never closed his eyes, but one look and it was obvious that he was in la-la land. Perhaps the definitive UFC knockout.

“Submissions are subtle, chokes are subtle, but knockouts…they’re explosive.” Ken Shamrock

Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo vs. Tank Abbott

Event: UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil
Date: October 16th, 1998
Abbott gasses as the fight wears on, and Rizzo continues to chop him down with wicked leg kicks. Exhausted, Abbott can barely defend himself, and Rizzo fires a big right hand which ends the fight and drives the San Paulo, Brazil crowd into a frenzy.

“The Phenom” Vitor Belfort vs. “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva

Event: UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil
Date: October 16th, 1998
38 seconds into the match, Silva moves forward to close the gap. Belfort tags him with a punch, then shows his hand speed by rapidly landing several more. Silva backpedals in an effort to escape, but Belfort is right on top of him, still firing punches at a rapid rate. Backing into the cage, Silva has nowhere left to go and falls under the withering onslaught. Belfort follows him to the ground, still raining blows. The fight is stopped at 44 seconds into the contest.

Eugene “The Wolf” Jackson vs. Royce Alger

Event: UFC 21: Return of the Champions
Date: July 16th, 1999
By round two, Alger is very fatigued and just seems to be walking forward into the path of Jackson’s punches. Alger takes his opponent down, but he’s too tired to keep him there. Alger continues to stumble forward and eat punches until a hard left finally slams into his face and ends the fight.

Ron “H20” Waterman vs. Andre “The Chief” Roberts

Event: UFC 21: Return of the Champions
Date: July 16th, 1999
This is a classic UFC brawl. Waterman tees off and quickly bloodies The Chief. Staggered, Roberts looks done, but he fires back and drops his opponent with a right, left, right combo. After a brief period of grappling, Roberts lands a left hook that finally puts away an exhausted and stunned Waterman.

“A knockout is the ultimate defining point.“ Dennis Hallman

Brad Kohler vs. Steve Judson

Event: UFC 22: Only One Can Be Champion
Date: September 24th, 1999
After a brief moment on the ground, both men are on their feet and looking to trade. Kohler lunges in with a right and catches his opponent right on the chin. Johnson falls like a tree, unconscious from the moment that the punch landed. Kohler, meanwhile, takes the opportunity to strut around like a badass.

Eugene “The Wolf” Jackson vs. Kei Yamamiya

Event: UFC 23: Ultimate Japan 2
Date: November 19th, 1999
In the third round, Yamamiya connects but seems to lack the power to hurt Jackson. With two minutes left in the bout, Yamamiya strangely pulls out his mouthpiece and tosses it away. Jackson looks at the referee, but the fight continues. Ten seconds later, Yamamiya eats a left hand and goes down for good. I guess he should have left that mouthpiece in.

John Lewis vs. Jens “Little Evil” Pulver

Event: UFC 28: High Stakes
Date: November 17th, 2000
Pulver throws a perfect left hook which connects with the jaw of Lewis. Lewis immediately drops and lands awkwardly on his face. After the fight, it was discovered that his jaw was broken in several places. A brutal punch which proved that a fighter’s knockout power isn’t always related to his size.

Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo vs. “The Babyface Assassin” Josh Barnett

Event: UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk
Date: February 23rd, 2001
Both men exchange blows as they stalk one another around the cage. To this point, it had been a back-and-forth brawl. Barnett throws a right and left and backs Rizzo up. Pedro stops his backward progress and lunges forward, throwing a right which stuns Barnett. Sensing his opponent is in trouble, Pedro wastes no time in in finishing him off with a crushing right hand to the jaw which finally sends Barnett to the mat, a beaten and bloody mess.

“When you knock somebody out, it’s the greatest feeling in the world – even better than sex.” Curtis Stout

Bobby Hoffman vs. Marc Robinson

Event: UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk
Date: February 23rd, 2001
There’s Hugh Hefner at ringside! Hoffman lands punches in the clinch, while Robinson drives forward and keeps his opponent backed against the cage. Unfortunately for Robinson, the contest isn’t to see who can keep their opponent against the cage for the longest, a point Hoffman proves by decking him with a short elbow to the jaw.

“Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz vs. Evan Tanner

Event: UFC 30: Battle of the Boardwalk
Date: February 23rd, 2001
Ortiz defends his UFC middleweight title. 27 seconds into the match, he secures a body lock on Tanner, hoists him up and slams him down to the ground with enough force to knock out the challenger.

“The Iceman” Chuck Liddell vs. Kevin “The Monster” Randleman

Event: UFC 31: Locked and Loaded
Date: May 4th, 2001
With a little over a minute gone by in the bout, Liddell connects with a looping left which drops Randleman. He follows up with a right to his downed opponent, and referee John McCarthy wisely stops the fight. Randleman is pissed. Given the history between the two men, it’s also funny to note that Tito Ortiz is the first man into the Octagon to congratulate Liddell.

“I think the general public still believes a fight is two people standing and trading blows, and the ultimate end to trading blows is one man going down.“ Trevor Prangley

“Mr. International” Shonie Carter vs. Matt “The Terror” Serra

Event: UFC 31: Locked and Loaded
Date: May 4th, 2001
With 13 seconds remaining in the match, Carter misses a kick and Serra lunges in for a punch. Unfortunately for Serra, Carter immediately followed up the missed kick with a spinning backfist. Carter’s forearm catches his opponent right on the jaw, and the dazed Serra is spared further punishment by the referee.

Pat “The Croatian Sensation” Miletich vs. “Mr. International” Shonie Carter

Event: UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands
Date: June 29th, 2001
Both men stand and trade in round two. Miletich begins to find his range. Moments later, he catches Carter with a right hand and then sends him down with a high kick to the back of his head. Carter gets up on rubbery legs and embraces Miletich in a show of sportsmanship.

Tony DeSouza vs. Juntaro Nakao

Event: UFC 33: Victory in Vegas
Date: September 28th, 2001
DeSouza looks to be all business, as he refuses to touch gloves. Moments later, however, he leans right into a left hook and gets dropped. DeSouza tries to get back up, but his legs suddenly look to be made of rubber.

“A knockout is the best feeling in the world because it’s total closure. It’s done. You got your ass knocked out.” Tim Sylvia

Matt Hughes vs. “The Ronin” Carlos Newton

Event: UFC 34: High Voltage
Date: November 2nd, 2001
This fight was for the UFC welterweight title. Newton has his leg wrapped around the head of Hughes, working towards a triangle submission. Displaying his power, Hughes picks up Newton and walks across the cage with his opponent suspended in mid-air. Now pressed up against the cage, Newton continues to work towards a choke. Then Hughes suddenly and swiftly slams Newton to the ground in a powerbomb-like maneuver. Newton’s head bounces off the mat, and he’s out like a light. Shades of Quinton Jackson vs. Ricardo Arona.

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