This knockout comes in at No. 5 for sheer athleticism and creativity. With about two minutes left in the second round, Carlos Newton started to sink a triangle choke on Matt Hughes.
Using pure strength, Hughes lifted Newton and walked across the octagon and rested Newton shoulders against the pad on the top of the cage (all the while Newton’s triangle was intact).
Everyone watching this fight was just waiting for the inevitable…Newton was about to get slammed through the mat. And sure enough, just as Hughes was losing consciousness himself from the triangle choke, he slammed Newton right on his head knocking him out cold.
After winning his UFC debut against Eddie Sanchez by TKO in the first round, all fans fully expected Cro Cop to beat Gonzaga by KO or TKO.
Gonzaga had other plans obviously as he not only KO’ed Cro Cop but did so by none other than a head kick.
The No. 3 spot has to go to Rashad Evans. A little background: Chuck Liddell had been dominating the Light Heavyweight Division for years until being defeated by Quinton Jackson.
Many viewed this fight as Chuck Liddell’s comeback fight, disregarding Evans as a novelty. Evans was the season two Ultimate Fighter champion in the Heavyweight division but has looked a little sloppy and unimpressive up to that point. This fight changed everything.
Not only had Evans knocked out Liddell, he was the FIRST man ever to knock Chuck out cold.
#2 – Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping
There’s a little background on this knockout as well. Henderson and Bisping were coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter; USA vs UK”. Right from the start, Bisping proved himself to be an arrogant, obnoxious, loud-mouth that rubbed team USA the wrong way (especially Dan Henderson).
Throughout the entire season, he antagonized to the point where you wanted the season to be over just to watch Henderson get a shot at him.
Well, the night finally came when they would square off at UFC 100. Both men spent the first round feeling the other out and each had his shots.
In the second round, Henderson noticed that Bisping was moving to his left (Henderson’s right) and ultimately leaving himself open for a huge right hook to connect. Well, thats exactly what happened and team USA had its revenge.
#1 – Vitor Belfort vs Marvin Eastman
This knockout comes in at No. 1 for leaving the nastiest cut in UFC history. Belfort (having been fighting outside the UFC for quite some time) looked in phenomenal shape, as did Eastman.
Both men spent the first minute of the fight feeling each other out, looking for their range. Eastman hit Belfort with a good jab causing Belfort to pull Eastman into a MuiThai clinch. Before Eastman could defend himself, Belfort threw a flying right knee followed by a flying left (both of which connected with devastating force).
Eastman fell to the mat against the cage and Vitor rained the final four or five blows before the referee pulled him off. When Eastman came to and stood up, the cut-man was wiping blood from a gash four inches wide and almost an inch deep over the right eye of Eastman.
To skip the first part of the fight, skip ahead to 1:20 in the video.