Since the inception of the UFC, several martial artists have risen to fame for their ability to put their opponents to sleep in a jiffy.
While Roy Nelson, Chuck Liddell, Anthony Johnson, and Francis Ngannou are notorious for their powerful knockouts in UFC history, there are a few fighters who are even better at it.
5. Max Holloway
UFC featherweight Max Holloway is one of the best in his division primarily because of the ferocious boxing skills that help him KO his opponents. His January 17 match-up against Calvin Kattar was the best instance of his powerful haymakers.
The Blessed has got 10 of 22 wins via knockout. The Blessed, however, did not have the best start to his UFC career as Dustin Poirier overwhelmed him on the debut night. He now sits pretty with a 22-6 record that consists a 13-fight win streak.
4. Vitor Belfort
The Zuffa LLC era when Dana White was struggling to revive the UFC got us the legendary fighter in Vitor Belfort. The Brazil-born superstar landed a UFC contract in 1997 after multiple stints in various promotions. The former UFC light-heavyweight champion was famous for most knockout wins (12) in the promotion. If you doubt his striking abilities, just ask his two notorious victims – Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. The 43-year-old is now ONE Championship fighter, seeking more achievements at the verge of his career.
3. Yoel Romero
Former UFC starlet Yoel Romero needs no introduction. The God’s Soldier got 13 pro-MMA wins under his belt via KO, making him one of the greatest knockout artists in the sport. Despite his stunning strength, Romero was axed by the UFC after he lost multiple fights in a row.
But in his peak, Dana White revealed that every fighter tried to avoid fighting Romero. Once, Darren Till said: “I ain’t afraid of no f*****g man on this planet…Apart from Yoel, he scary.”
2. Conor McGregor
Forbes’ highest-paid athlete of the world and former UFC double champ, Conor McGregor, is one of the few fighters who walk their talks. The Irishman may not be the most muscular guy in the division, but his left hand has enough power to blow away fighters with the best chins. His 86% finish rate speaks volumes of his finishing abilities. Since he debuted in 2008, nineteen of his 22 victories were achieved via TKO or knockout.
His next opponent Dustin Poirier once admitted that the Irish star is the hardest puncher he has ever faced. McGregor’s historical match-up against Jose Aldo was a great instance of his ruthlessness. It took him merely 13 seconds to send Aldo down to the canvas.
1. Anderson Silva
Anderson “Spider” Silva longest’s title reign in the UFC’s history was possible due to his precisive strikes. What made Silva a technical mastermind was the speed and accuracy in his haymakers. In the UFC, Silva is tied with the second most knockout wins (11). He’s the only MMA star to win defend his UFC belt seven times via TKO.