The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced their Half-Year awards over the weekend.
The most hotly debated category is always “The Best Knockouts”, so let’s jump right in to those selections.
#1. Mike Perry KO’s Jake Ellenberger
UFC welterweight “Platinum” Mike Perry scored an absolutely sensational knockout victory at April’s UFC Fight Night event in Nashville, when he clipped veteran Jake Ellenberger with a standing elbow that sent “The Juggernaut” crashing to the canvas. (Watch that KO here.) The victory improved Perry’s overall record to 10-1. “Platinum” will take on former title challenger Thiago Alves in his next appearance on September 16.
#2. Edson Barboza KO’s Beneil Dariush
UFC lightweight contender Edson Barboza is no stranger to being featured on the UFC highlight reel. The feared Brazilian striker scored one of the scariest KO’s of all time when he wheel-kicked Terry Etim at UFC 142. Most recently, Barboza added to his legend by scoring a flying-knee knockout victory over Beneil Dariush in March. (Watch that KO here). Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA) is currently waiting his next assignment from UFC officials.
#3. Holly Holm KO’s Bethe Correia
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm snapped her three-fight losing skid this past June in Singapore, this by scoring a highlight reel head kick knockout victory over Bethe Correia. (What that here). The former boxing champion, Holm, has gone 11-3 since transitioning to the sport of mixed martial arts, which includes handing Ronda Rousey the first loss of her career via a head kick KO.
#4. Marc Diakiese KO’s Teemu Packalen
UFC lightweight Marc Diakiese scored an absolutely thunderous one-punch knockout victory over Teemu Packalen at March’s UFC Fight Night event in London. (Watch that here). The victory improved Marc’s record to a perfect 12-0 at the time. Unfortunately, Diakiese suffered a setback in his most recent octagon appearance, losing a close split-decision to Drakkar Klose.
#5. Damir Hadzovic KO’s Marcin Held
Damir Hadzovic shocked fight fans this past May when he scored an unbelievable comeback knockout victory over Marcin Held. After being dominated by Held for the first two-rounds of the fight, it was clear that Damir would need a finish in order to leave the octagon with a victory. Hadzovic scored just that when he landed a brutal knee as Held was shooting in for a takedown. (Watch that finish here).