Knockout Of The Year Candidates Aplenty In 2013 Dec 20, 2013

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2013 was an amazing year as far as MMA action went, and one of the main reasons for that is the number of high-quality knockouts that we all got to witness.

I’m not going to choose just one knockout in this article, but instead I will list off a number of highlight-reel KOs that I believe are on the shortlist for Knockout of the Year.

  • Vitor Belfort knocks out Michael Bisping via head kick at UFC on FX 7.
  • Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva KOs Alistair Overeem via punches at UFC 156.
  • Emanuel Newton shocks the world with a spinning back fist KO of King Mo at Bellator 90.
  • Ben Saunders lands a flush high kick to finish off Raul Amaya at Bellator 90.
  • Saad Awad upsets Will Brooks with a vicious KO at Bellator 91.
  • Wanderlei Silva knocks out Brian Stann via punches at UFC on FUEL TV 8.
  • Also at UFC on FUEL TV 8, Mark Hunt stops Stefan Struve with brutal punches in an amazing third-round KO win.
  • Marlon Moraes shows he’s for real with a head kick KO over Tyson Nam at WSOF 2.
  • Doug Marshall smashes Brett Cooper’s head through the mat at Bellator 95.
  • Cris Cyborg beats down Fiona Muxlow with one of the most vicious stoppages from strikes of 2013 at Invicta FC 5.
  • Conor McGregor makes a tremendous UFC debut with a brutal KO on Marcus Brimage via punches at UFC on FUEL TV 9.
  • Josh Thomson TKOs Nate Diaz for the first time in his career with a head kick and punches at UFC on FOX 7.
  • Clifford Starks is KOed with a flying knee by Yoel Romero at UFC on FOX 7.
  • Vitor Belfort obliterates Luke Rockhold with a spinning heel kick at UFC on FX 8.
  • Junior dos Santos KOs Mark Hunt with a brutal spinning hook kick at UFC 160.
  • TJ Grant KOs Gray Maynard with punches at UFC 160.
  • Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva to win the UFC middleweight title with brutal punches at UFC 162.
  • Brian Melancon has a UFC debut for the ages with an incredible KO over Seth Baczynski on the UFC 162 preliminary card.
  • Robbie Lawler KOs Bobby Voelker with a nasty head kick at UFC on FOX 7.
  • Michael Chandler destroys David Rickels in seconds at Bellator 97 with punches.
  • Travis Browne ends Alistair Overeem with a front kick at UFC Fight Night 26.
  • Brandon Thatch finishes Justin Edwards with an incredible onslaught of violence in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 26.
  • Hyun Gyu Lim crumples Pascal Krauss to the floor with a knee at UFC 164.
  • Derrick Mehmen ends Rolles Gracie’s night with a one-punch KO at WSOF 5.
  • Douglas Lima knocks out Ben Saunders with a head kick in the main event of Bellator 100.
  • Renan Barao finishes Eddie Wineland with a spinning back kick to keep his UFC interim bantamweight title at UFC 165.
  • Vinicius Queiroz shocks the world with a stunning KO of Lavar Johnson at Bellator 102.
  • Anthony Hamilton upsets Smealinho Rama with a head kick KO at MFC 38.
  • Dong Hyun Kim floors Erick Silva with a huge left hand at UFC Fight Night 29.
  • Hector Lombard finds new life at 170 with an amazing KO of Nate Marquardt at UFC 166.
  • Tim Kennedy picks up his first KO win in years with a leaping punch knockout over Rafael Natal at UFC Fight Night 31.
  • Joe Warren collects a KO win via knees over Travis Marx at Bellator 107.
  • Dan Henderson is KOed for the first time in his career with an incredible head kick from Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32.
  • Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has a tremendous debut for Bellator with a KO of Joey Beltran at Bellator 108.
  • Also at UFC Fight Night 32, Jeremy Stephens ends Rony Jason’s run up the featherweight ladder with a brutal head kick KO.
  • Tyron Woodley KOs Josh Koscheck at UFC 167 to move up the UFC welterweight rankings.
  • Demetrious Johnson moves up the P4P ranks with a surprising KO of Joseph Benavidez at UFC on FOX 9.

So, what was your 2013 Knockout of the Year in MMA? Leave a comment below or Tweet me with your pick.

Written by Adam Martin

Mixed martial arts journalist. Host of The Parting Shot Podcast with James Lynch. Lead writer for MMAOddsbreaker.com and columnist for MMARatings.net. Also a Social Mediaist for The Toronto Star.

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