The UFC announces their Half-Year Awards – Top Five Knockouts

Mike Perry with one of the best UFC knockouts of 2017

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.

Mike Perry

#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.

Edson Barboza Beneil Dariush

#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.

Megan Anderson discusses Holly Holm

#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.

Marc Diakiese

#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).

Damir Hadzovic KOs Marcin Held

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