The world of mixed martial arts is full of knockouts and incredible finishes. Some of the most memorable moments in the history of the sport have been because of fighters’ heads bouncing off of the canvas inside of the cage with brutal and flash endings.
From Dan Henderson’s iconic knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100 to some lesser known knockouts from Bellator, Strikeforce and other promotions, there are plenty of moments we can all look back to in awe.
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Let’s take a look back at some of the most stunning and impressive knockouts mixed martial arts has ever seen.
50. Michael Page vs. Evangelista Santos – Bellator 158
We start off the list with an incredible knockout from Bellator phenom Michael Page. Not only was Page able to come away with the knockout victory, he had a relevant celebration by channeling his inner Pokemon and also did so much damage that he literally fractured his opponent’s skull and left an imprint of his knee.
49. Tyler Brown vs. Shaun Parker – LFC 25
In this viral and legendary clip from Legends of Fighting 25, Tyler Brown and Shaun Parker created one of the most memorable moments in mixed martial arts history when they had a memorable finish in Indianapolis that left both men unconscious at the same time.
48. Conor McGregor vs. Aaron Jahnsen – CWFC FN 2
Conor McGregor is one of the biggest stars in all of mixed martial arts. And before he ever became a household name, the brash Irishman was knocking out opponent after opponent in impressive fashion while he was competing on the local circuit in Europe.
47. Yves Edwards vs. Josh Thomson – UFC 49
It seems like forever ago that UFC 49 took place at Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but the incredible knockout from Yves Edwards is something that any mixed martial arts fan should remember for a lifetime. After a wild scramble, Edwards was able to come out on top with an incredible headkick that left his opponent unconscious on the mat.
46. Raymond Daniels vs. Francois Abang – GLORY 16
While it may not be mixed martial arts, Raymond Daniels delivered one of the most incredible finishes in combat sports when he perfectly landed the two-touch spinning back kick that sent his opponent immediately falling to the mat in a state of unconsciousness.
45. Conor McGregor vs. Ivan Buchinger – CWFC 51
Before Conor McGregor was a two-division UFC champion, he was a two-division champion in Cage Warriors. Against Ivan Buchinger, McGregor scored an incredible knockout in his hometown of Dublin that opened the door for his opportunity with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
44. Tywan Claxton vs. Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman – Bellator 186
Tywan Claxton delivered one of best flying knee knockouts in recent memory when he when he faced off against Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman in a featherweight affair at Bellator 186 at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University in State College on November 3, 2017.
43. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers – Strikeforce/M-1 Global
Fedor Emelianenko is one of the best heavyweights to ever compete in mixed martial arts. At the time he fought Rogers, who was one of the division’s rising stars, there were questions about just how much Fedor’s skill set had diminished but he proved any doubters wrong with an emphatic knockout that sent Rogers crumbling to the mat.
42. Dan Hornbuckle vs. Akihiro Gono – Sengoku 9
Dan Hornbuckle and Akihiro Gono may not be a fight between two of the biggest names in the sport, but when the two men faced off Hornbuckle was able to deliver one of the most brutal and savage knockouts in the history of the sport at Sengoku 9, reminding people that Japanese mixed martial arts never fails to deliver.
41. Tadas Jonkus vs. Guiseppe Patane – El Dinamita Triesta Fight Night
Sometimes knocking out an opponent is not enough, so you need to pummel the man until they go falling out of the ring/cage like this fight between Tadas Jonkus and Giuseppe Patane at El Dinamita Triesta Fight Night in 2011.
40. Marcus Aurelio vs. Keean Mashall – NCA 24
One of the flashiest styles of mixed martial arts is capoeira, and no one has been able to connect with a capoeira technique in combat sports quite like Marcus “Lelo” Aurelio of Axe Capoeira Vancouver in his fight against Keean Marshall. It was one of the most brutal capoeira techniques we have seen in the sport’s history.
39. Travis Fulton vs. Jeremy Bullock – Extreme Challenge 22
In 1998, Travis Fulton and Jeremy Bullock squared off in a mixed martial arts bout in Utah that delivered one of the first brutal knockouts the sport has seen. Bullock suffered a broken vertebra in the fight.
38. Ljubo Javolovi vs. Alex Trofimov – TATNEFT
If you are a fan of mixed martial arts, one thing you know is that there are few more effective techniques than a perfectly placed knee. That is exactly what happened between Alex Trofimov and Ljubo Jalovi in 2014 when Ljubo scored a devastating knockout win.
37. Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith – Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II
Paul Daley goes by the nickname “Semtex” because of the dynamite in his hands, so when he faced off against Scott Smith during the Strikeforce era it was no surprise to see him slump his opponent with a devastating strike.
36. Jonathan Tuhu – Kamikaze Tornado Kick
If anyone asked you what a Kamikaze tornado kick is, would you be able to explain? Well, if the answer was no, you don’t have to worry about that anymore thanks to the skills of Jonathan Tuhu who scored a ridiculous KO in November 2014 for Staunch Top Team.
35. Carlos Condit – Pure MMA 22
Carlos Condit is one of the most aggressive and violent fighters in all of mixed martial arts. So his performance at Pure MMA 22 comes as no surprise, but it does remind us of how the “Natural Born Killer” was able to steamroll opponents during his prime.
34. Tank Abbott vs. Steve Nalmark – UFC 11.5
Tank Abbott was always known as one of the heaviest punches in mixed martial arts history. When he faced off against Steve Nalmark inside of the UFC, Abbott delivered a crushing blow that let Nalmark slumped in the corner of the cage.
33. Julian Jackal vs. Ben Nguyen – Nitro MMA 11
Julian Jackal went viral for his pre-fight altercation with eventual UFC fighter Ben Nguyen. After Jackal tried to be a bully and intimidate Nguyen, he ended up on the wrong end of a devastating knockout in under 30 seconds.
32. Eddie Wineland vs. Renan Barao – UFC 165
Renan Barao is a former UFC champion. Eddie Wineland is a former WEC standout. When the two men faced off outside of the UFC, it was none other than Renan Barbao who ended up on top with a ridiculous head kick knockout you are only used to seeing in amateur MMA.
31. Conor McGregor vs. Marcus Brimage – UFC on FUEL TV 9
When Conor McGregor was first making his move to the UFC, he was able to make a strong statement with a remarkable knockout of Marcus Brumage after calling his shot as “Mystic Mac” began
30. Scott Smith vs. Pete Sell – TUF 4 Finale
After being smashed by a body shot that left him looking for a way out, Scott Smith was able to score one of the most impressive come from behind victories the UFC has ever seen by knocking out Pete Sell with a beautifully timed shot.
29.Mumia Abu Dey-Ali vs. Mitch Aguiar – LFA 46
In just over 30 seconds, Mumia Abu Dey-Ali and Mitch Aguiar delivered what may go down as some of the craziest seconds in mixed martial arts history with a back-and-forth brawl that left Aguiar unconscious on the mat after a devastating shot from Dey-Ali.
28. Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva – UFC Brazil
Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva will forever be remembered as two of the best Brazilian fighters to ever compete inside of the UFC’s Octagon. And when they came face-to-face at UFC Brazil in the early days of the promotion, it was Belfort who secured one of the most impressive and memorable knockouts by running right through his opponent.
27. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski – Affliction: Day of Reckoning
Fedor Emelianenko, one of the best fighters to ever compete in mixed martial arts, secured an incredible knockout against Andrei Arlovski in the now-defunct Affliction promotion which was part of President Donald Trump’s dabbling in the sport industry.
26. Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry – UFC on Versus 4
When the Ultimate Fighting Championship made its inaugural trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there were plenty of changes as fight night approached. Despite those changes, once the fights actually took place it was Cheick Kongo and Pat Barry that stole the show with an outrageous back-and-forth bout that ended in a wild knockout.
25. Eryk Anders vs. Tim Williams – UFC Fight Night 135
Eryk Anders is a former college football player for the Alabama Crimson Tide. However, he has had great success inside of the UFC Octagon and in one of his most recent outings he was able to remind mixed martial arts fans of just how beautiful soccer kicks can be.
24. BJ Penn vs. Caol Uno – UFC 34
BJ Penn will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic fighters in mixed martial arts history and a true legend. One of the memorable moments from his career came in the early days of the sport when he faced off against Caol Uno at UFC 34.
23. Phil Baroni vs. Dave Menne – UFC 39
Not only did Phil Baroni have one of the best nicknames in mixed martial arts — going by the “New York Bad Ass” — he also secured one of the wildest and most violent knockouts we have ever seen inside of the cage when he went toe-to-toe with Dave Menne before securing an unbelievable knockout victory.
22. Sabina Mazo vs. Jamie Thorton – LFA 9
It is not often in women’s mixed martial arts that you see a one-strike knockout or emphatic finish that is not a submission. However, when Sabina Mazo entered the cage at LFA 9, she was able to secure a memorable and devastating knockout with a head kick that landed flush on the jaw of of her opponent, Jamie Thorton, to advance “The Colombian Queen’s” professional record to 3-0.
21. Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman – UFC 17
In the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, fighters were able to wear various forms of gear like shoes. Unfortunately for future Hall of Famer Mark Coleman, that meant eating some leather from Pete Williams at UFC 17 which took place at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama.
19. Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo – UFC 194
When Conor McGregor burst onto the scene in the UFC, it was none other than longtime featherweight king Jose Aldo that he had his eyes on. However, when the two men finally stepped into the cage together and went back-and-forth, it was none other than Conor McGregor who was able to come away with the big win.
18. Rashad Evans vs. Sean Salmon – UFC Fight Night 8
Rashad Evans has been one of the most successful winners of “The Ultimate Fighter” in the history of the long-running reality series. The former UFC light heavyweight champion, however, actually initially got his start when he scored an absurd knockout of Sean Salmon at that Ultimate Fighter 8 card.
17. Cro Cop vs. Wanderlei Silva – Pride Conflict Absolute
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filopivic has been involved in some of the most iconic finishes that have ever been seen in mixed martial arts. In his bout against former star and eventual legend Wanderlei Silva in the days of PRIDE, Cro Cop was able to come away with an emphatic win.
16. Brian Rogers vs. Vitor Vianna – Bellator Season 6
Brian Rogers has had a lengthy career under the banners of Scott Coker in Bellator and Strikeforce, but one of the most impressive moments of his mixed martial arts career came in Bellator Season 6 when he was able to score a fantastic finish of Vitor Vianna with a beautifully and perfectly placed flying knee.
15. Rich Franklin vs. Nate Quarry – UFC 56
There are few things more brutal than a fighter going absolutely stiff after eating a heavy strike. Unfortunately for Nate Quarry in his bout against former champion RIch Franklin at UFC 56, he was able to cash in with a heavy strike that left Nate Quarry wondering what in the hell actually hit him.
14. Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop – UFC Fight Night 64
Like we said, Mirko Cro Cop has been involved in a number of the best finishes in the history of mixed martial arts. Unfortunately for, Cro Cop, this fight againat Gabre k Gonszaga did noro
13. Lyoto Machida vs. Randy Couture – UFC 129
We all remember the “front kick to the face” which will go down as one of the best finishes.
12. Veronica Macedo vs. Chrissy Audin – SAY UNCLE FIGHT NIGHT 2
Like we mentioned earlier in the list, it is always rare to see a brutal finish in women’s mixed martial arts. However, when Veronica Macedo faced off against Chrissy Audin she was able to secure a devastating and flash knockout before eventually going on to be a member of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
11. Matt Hughes vs. Carlos Newton – UFC 34
There were very few things that revolutionalized the eventual knockout loss of Carlos Newton.
10. Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva – UFC 162
In one of the most stunning moments in UFC history, Chris Weidman was able to secure the UFC middleweight championship by scoring a devastating knockout over Anderson Silva. While many believed Weidman had a chance at victory and others were disgusted by the theatrics of former titleholder Anderson Silva, it was Weidman who came out on top with the win that would change his career.
9. Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping – UFC 100
It was one of the most iconic and stacked cards in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. When Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping came head-to-head in the USA vs. UK matchup, it was Dan Henderson who unleashed what would later be known as the “H-Bomb” before elevating into mid-air and dropping down a devastating punch to his already unconscious opponent.
8. Rampage Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva III – UFC 9
Rampage Jackson will forever be remembered as one of the greatest strikers to ever get inside of the PRIDE cage. However, he had some issues while at Florida. Despite those issues, Rampage was able to score a big career knockout over Liddell in their heated rivalry.
7. Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey – UFC 193
In one of the most stunning upsets in UFC history, it was former undefeated boxing champion Holly Holm who was able to hand Ronda Rousey the biggest loss of her career. Following the fight, nothing was ever the same for the former women’s bantamweight champion.
6. Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim – UFC 142
What happens when you see a dead body?
5. Gary Goodridge vs. Paul Herrera – UFC 8
Gary Goodridge delivered one of the most violent and brutal knockout victories you have every seen when he made his debut at UFC 8 against Paul Herrera. In the matter of a few elbows, Goodridge knocked out Herrera and changed his life forever.
4. Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort – UFC 126
A FRONT KICK TO THE FACE! Not only was the fight between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort one of the most iconic finishes in the history of the UFC, it provided an incredible play-by-play call from UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
3. Rashad Evans vs. Chuck Liddell – UFC 88
Everyone knows that Chuck Liddell was a legend. At times, the former UFC light heavyweight champion was a legend, however, when he came toe-to-toe with Rashad Evans he ended up laying on his back wondering what hit him as Evans celebrated what would go on to be one of the best knockouts the sport has ever seen.
2. Rampage Jackson vs. Ricardo Arona – PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004
Rampage Jackson was one of the biggest personalities and fighters in mixed martial arts history during the PRIDE days in Japan. And with his star power came the incredible finish of Ricardo Arona which will forever be remembered as one of the most devastating slams to ever take place inside of the ring or the cage.
1. Heath Herring vs. Yoshihiro Nakao – K-1 PREMIUM 2005 Dynamite!!