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The Best UFC Knockouts

Great UFC fights are usually categorized as such because of devastating knock-outs. Yes, the submission game deserves respect as does wrestling. But really, people pay the price of admission to see someone get, "Knocked the F*&k Out!"

When you are discussing the topic of 'Who has the best UFC knockouts' you need to think about the best knockouts over the year, and there have been quite a few!

Here are our 15 favorite UFC Knockouts:

15. Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva - This was a great knockout for many reasons. One, we know both fighters are beasts in the ring. Two, it was their third big match-up (two in Pride which Silva won). Three, Jackson knocked him out in the first round, which is always impressive (from UFC 92).

14. Rashad Evans vs. Chuck Liddell - Nobody really thought that the Iceman was done at this point, but apparently this was the beginning of the end. Chuck went on to get knocked out a few more times while Rashad moved up to capture the light-heavyweight belt.

13. Shonnie Carter vs. Matt Serra - Matt "The Terror" Serra was one bad dude. He pretty much worked over Carter the entire fight and then with about 15 seconds left Carter nailed Matt with a perfect spinning back-fist. Game, set, match. That's why it ain't over till it's over.

12. Johny Hendricks vs. Jon Fitch - In UFC 141 it took this kid a whopping 12 seconds to collect his paycheck. 12 seconds!!

11. Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez - There was a lot of hype to this fight and a few people were pretty disappointed because Junior tagged Cain in just over a minute. It wasn't a cheap shot, just a really good punch that connected followed by a quick flurry.

10. Quinton Jackson vs. Chuck Liddell - Another classic with two players in their prime. With the title on the line Rampage produced some real magic by knocking out Liddell to capture the title in the UFC and tarnishing Liddell's streak of title defenses.

9. Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva - At the time Vitor was just a kid and Wanderlei was one of the most dangerous men in the ring. But after the bout started it took less than a minute for Belfort to establish himself as a dominant striker.

8. Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin - There used to be a time when Silva was an up and comer who wasn't considered the best pound-for-pound- fighter in the world. Back then Rich Franklin was a very solid middleweight champ with a few defenses of the belt. It was quickly over after Anderson got him in Muay Tai clinch and nailed him with some brutal knees that exploded Franklin's nose and sent him to dreamland.

7. Mauricio Shogun Rua vs. Lyoto Machida - Again you have two well known fighters going toe to toe and this time in a rematch! Of course Rua decided to change the game up from their first fight and came out firing punches until he knocked Lyoto out only a few minutes into the first.

6. Tank Abbot vs. John Matua - A lot of people might not know how bad-ass Tank was. After the UFC he did some WWE work to pay the bills. But in the early days of the UFC this guy did one thing well and that was punch the daylights out of whatever was in front of him. At UFC 6, Matua made the mistake of being that guy.

5. Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Berry - It is rare that a heavyweight battle turns into a stand-up knock-down affair. Barry was taking it to Cheick and looked to have him set-up for the knock-out but then Kongo fired off two powerful right hands that stood up and then floored Berry.

4. Scott Smith vs. Pete Sell - This was from the Ultimate Fighter 4 series and was just a serious gut check moment. Sell nailed Smith to the body and maybe hit him in the liver because Smith doubled over and backed away. Sell charged in for the finish and somehow Smith launched a right cross as he stood up that just nailed it. Then he crumpled to the ground in pain as well.

3. Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort - There is absolutely nothing you can say about this K.O., you just have to watch it. These guys are both excellent strikers but then Silva takes it to another level whipping one of those long legs out for a jaw-smashing front kick that made the crowd explode.

2. Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping - Henderson has those heavy hands and Bisping has that yappy mouth; the two seemed destined to meet. In UFC 100 Hendo knocked Bisping out in the second round with a brutal bomb.

1. Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture - Two top dogs fighting for the championship; does it get any better? Well at UFC 52 it sure did for Chuck when he knocked out Couture with a stiff right hand about two minutes in to recapture the light-heavyweight belt.

 

So who has the best UFC knockouts? Is it Chuck Liddell? A case can be made for both Anderson Silva and Quinton Jackson as well with their entries to the list. It is really hard to say who has the best but you can easily see why these all make the list. What is your choice? Tell us in the comments!