If you’re finding yourself hankering for some mma betting, why not get clued up on some of the greatest knockouts that have happened previously, and get into the fighting spirit! Be ready to analyse their moves and learn what it takes to be a winner!
UFC stands for the “Ultimate Fighting Championship” and is a form of Mixed Martial Arts, otherwise known as MMA, where a series of fights take place during what fans know as fight nights. It is quite similar to boxing in its rituals – bringing together the best fighters and then having them compete at different weights, in front of an eager crowd that is begging for blood. The organisation began in 1993, and has revolutionised the fight business, standing today as a premium global sports brand, media content company and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world.
The UFC has been around for 17 years now, and throughout the years, it has provided us with many excruciating knockouts. Keep reading and prepare to wince as we take a look back at the most brutal knockouts in UFC history.
Silva Vs. Belfort
At UFC 126, one of the more recent knockouts on the list, we saw Brazilian-American Anderson Silva launch a ferocious front kick into fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort’s poor face, defending his previously held grand title. The crowd cheered as Belfort fell to the floor, unable to recover from the tremendous blow, with Silva landing a couple more punches for good measure. Show off!
Silva Vs. Jardine
Wanderlei Silva went up against the now actor Keith Jardine at UFC 84 in 2008. Within 36 seconds of dancing around the ring, Silva landed a relentless series of tight-fisted punches to Jardine’s face, disarming his opponent completely. Jardine fell to the floor and the rest was history. This impressive knockout earned Wanderlei the “Knockout of the Night” award, as well as “Knockout of the Year” – understandably so!
Jackson VS. SIlva
Following on from his victory, Wanderlei Silva went on to receive a stark wake-up call from America’s own Quinton Ramone “Rampage” Jackson. Rampage Jackson, as he is more commonly known, came to UFC 92 with an untameable fire in his belly, having been previously knocked out twice by none other than Silva himself. Jackson pushed forward in the pair’s third fight, slamming Silva several times in the jaw before the Brazil native finally fell back in defeat. Jackson continued to land punches until he was finally pulled away, and declared the winner.
Marquardt Vs. Maia
Nate Marquardt truly showed the audience how it should be done when he launched a winning attack on Demian Maia in UFC 102. Maia approached his opponent and attempted to land his first hit with some kind of jumping strike; however, it appeared that Marquardt wasn’t going to have a single second of it as he intercepted his opponent before Maia’s foot had barely left the ground. He slammed the older fighter with a single blow to the face – Maia falling back instantly and rolling onto his back. Marquardt stood over him and looked ready to go in for the kill, but he decided to show mercy, stepping away and enjoying the moment as a champion.
Harris Vs. Branch
The final knockout we wish to visit is from UFC 116, where Gerald Harris took out David Branch in a rather athletic knockout. Brach attempted to take the upper hand by jumping up and wrapping his limbs around Harris, trying to pull guard and make his opponent succumb to a vulnerable position. However, Harris proved to be wise to this, and pushed Branch’s head away from him, slamming the other fighter down onto the canvas. Branch’s head bounced off the floor, knocking him out cold. Harris went on to win “Knockout of the Night” for this feat, for the second time in three fights.
The Soccer Master Who Became MMA Legend – Pawel Kozlowski
Pawel Kozlowski was born in 1992, in Gniezno, Poland. The footballer-turned-MMA fighter was born to rule the ring. He was destined to achieve greatness, and he did that in style. Early in his life, at 17, he played soccer to mesmerize the world with his natural talent, but his love and passion for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) never faded. His life took a significant turn during a break from soccer training, triggering an unrelenting interest in MMA. Taking advantage of his football break, he enrolled in a club with facilities for boxing, Thai boxing, wrestling, and Jiu Jitsu. It was a decisive moment in his life. After playing soccer for nine years, he decided to make a professional career in MMA.
The Shift – Training For MMA
When preparing for a professional MMA fight, Pawel takes a strategic approach, planning all the tactics eight weeks ahead of the event. Usually, he trains 2-3 times a day and maintains a balanced and nutritious diet for this purpose. Before going into the ring, he follows a special diet to maintain weight.
The MMA Early Days – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
In 2010, Pawel Kozlowski started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After a year of toil and hard work, he finally tasted success at the Austrian National Championship. Since then, he has never looked back, winning the World Pro Jiu Jitsu Trials and the European Championship. In 2016, Paweł Kozłowski became the national champion of Poland and Austria in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At the WKF World Championships in Italy, he won the runners-up medal in the Sanda category and a Bronze Medal in the MMA category. He also won the Qualification for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championship, which took place in Abu Dhabi. BJJ Fanatics website lists Pawel among the three best BJJ players from Poland for 2016. In 2014, he joined the Vienna edition of the charity action “You will not keep the Master – Sportsmen for Children.” In July 2016, he established the Alpha Jiu-Jitsu Academy to train aspirant individuals.
Pawel’s most significant career moments came at the WKF World Championship, where he won Silver in Sanda and Bronze in MMA. He is a multiple Austrian and Polish National Champion and has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam twice. In MMA, he has 5 professional bouts, all of which he won in the first round and all by Submission. Pawel has also defeated the 2012 European champion twice.
The Pride Of His Parents
Pawel’s father always wanted him to become a soccer player, and he was not very happy with him not playing football anymore. Still, he continued to make a name for himself in MMA, making his parents proud of his unprecedented achievements.
Fighting with an injured knee
The most challenging fight for Pawel was the fight in the final of the Open Championship, held in Croatia in 2012. It was his first fight after sustaining a knee injury, and he only had 10 days to prepare for it. In the final, he was leading his opponent with a 2:0 score line. Unfortunately, his stamina was running out, and the opponent took full advantage and won back-to-back points to lead with a 2: 6 score line. However, he got two more points and eventually won the fight with a 7:6 score line, with only 10 seconds to go for the final whistle.
Pawel Kozlowski – The Legend
At pro-MMA, Pawel Kozlowski is unbeaten with a record of 5-0-0, securing all his wins in the first round. He is also a six-time European Championship medalist in Jiu Jitsu, having won over 400 matches with another 500 Jiu Jitsu fights worldwide. He has won three European titles and the Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi, the most prestigious tournament in this sport. Pawel released an instructional DVD about a technique he has developed called the “GremlinLock,” thus becoming a legend of the sport.
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