Bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes shocks the world and finishes featherweight champ Cris Cyborg by knockout to become the first women’s “champ champ” at UFC 232 on December 29th
Louis Taylor floors Abus Magomedov to win the middleweight title and $1 million dollars at PFL 11 on December 31st
Uriah Hall storms back in the 3rd round and drops newcomer Bevon Lewis with a right hook at UFC 232 on December 29th
Joaquim Silva puts Jared Gordon out on his feet @ UFC Fight Night: Milwaukee on December 15th
Edson Barboza wins the war against Dan Hooker @ UFC Fight Night: Milwaukee on December 15th
Alen Amedovski does it again, stopping Ibrahim Mane early @ Bellator 211 on December 1st
Dheigo Lima gets back in the win column with a walk-off KO of Chad Laprise @ UFC 231 on December 8th
Kent Kauppinen stuns the Italian crowd with his knockout of Alessio Sakara @ Bellator 211 on December 1st
My knockout of the year: Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodríguez lands an upward elbow with 1 second left in the 5th round to finish ‘The Korean Zombie’ @ UFC Fight Night: Denver on November 10th
Kailan Hill lands knockout of the year contender, making my list for the third time @ LFA 54 on November 16th
Santiago Ponzinibbio knocks out Neil Magny in his home country @ UFC Fight Night: Argentina on November 17th
Johnny Walker with short elbows to the temple to put down Khalil Rountree, Jr. @ UFC Fight Night: Argentina on November 17th
Moses Murrietta folds Sidiah Parker @ LFA 54 on November 16th
Ronaldo ‘Jacaré’ Souza knocks out Chris Weidman @ UFC 230 on November 3rd
Austin Lingo starches Aaron Webb @ LFA 55 on November 30th
Mandel Nallo with a knee to the chin of Carrington Banks @ Bellator 207 on October 12th
Don Madge debuts with a perfect head kick KO on Te Edwards @ UFC Fight Night: Moncton on October 27th
Josh ‘Cuddly Bear’ Copeland punches his way to the heavyweight finals @ PFL 8 on October 5th
When Derrick Lewis coined the phrase “My Balls Was Hot” with a come from behind knockout of Alexander Volkov @ UFC 229 on October 6th
Anthony Rocco Martin with the head kick KO to start the night off @ UFC 229 on October 6th
And finally, Khabib’s flying eagle on Dillon Danis @ UFC 229
Kailin Hill does it again, a superman punch into a flying knee knockout against Adam Fugitt @ LFA 51 on September 28th
Geoff Neal with the head kick KO on Frank Camacho @ UFC 228 on September 8th
AJ McKee deads John Macapá @ Bellator 205 on September 21st
Jéssica Andrade knocks out Karolina Kowalkiewicz @ UFC 228 on September 8th
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos lands a flying knee and follows it up with a knockout @ UFC Fight Night: Sao Paulo on September 22nd
The UFC has found it’s main event for the promotion’s first visit to the Czech Republic – #4-ranked Jan Blachowicz will take on #7-ranked Thiago Santos at UFC Prague on February 23rd, 2019.
Jan Blachowicz is currently riding his first winning streak in the UFC since he debuted in 2014. After losing a majority decision to Patrick Cummins at UFC 210 in April 2017, Blachowicz has reeled off four straight; taking out Devin Clark, Jared Cannonier, getting revenge in the rematch against Jimi Manuwa and most recently spoiling Nikita Krylov’s return to the UFC with an arm-triangle choke on enemy soil just three months ago.
Thiago Santos signed the agreement for this bout fresh off a knockout win against Jimi Manuwa that took place just 13 days ago, in which many considered to be fight of the night at UFC 231. ‘Marreta’ will be searching for his third 4-fight win streak with the UFC. 7-1 in his last eight bouts (six being stoppages), Santos has taken out Eryk Anders and the aforementioned Manuwa since moving up to light heavyweight, leapfrogging in the rankings after his latest win.
Blachowicz seems to be in the prime of his fighting career, and with the light heavyweight division starting to heat up, a win here could propel him into talks for a title shot. Santos is also in his prime, and a win here against a higher ranked opponent like Blachowicz can also do the same.
UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz Vs. Santos will air on ESPN+ from the O2 Arena.
Eryk Anders with the walk-off head kick KO as the round ends against Tim Williams @ UFC Fight Night: Lincoln on August 25th
Justin Gaethje obliterates James Vick @ UFC Fight Night: Lincoln on August 25th
Ricky Bandejas knocks out James Gallagher, handing him his first professional loss @ Bellator 204 on August 17th
Alexandre ‘Popo’ Bezerra lands a flying knee to knock out Magomed Idrisov @ PFL 7 on August 30th
Sadibou Sy finishes Caio Magalhaes @ PFL 7 on August 30th
Kailin Hill lands a vicious head kick KO to start off LFA 45 on July 20th
Niko Price with the hammerfist knockout from the bottom @ UFC Fight Night: Boise on July 14th
Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier becomes the second double champ in UFC history with his knockout of heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic @ UFC 226 on July 7th
Anthony Smith takes out a legend @ UFC Fight Night: Hamburg on July 22nd
Cristian Torres lands an uppercut from hell on Dashawn Boatwright @ LFA 46 on July 27th
Andrey Koreshkov spinning back kick’s the hell out of Vaso Bakocevic @ Bellator 203 on July 14th
Jose Aldo ends Jeremy Stephens’ night early with a liver shot @ UFC Fight Night: Calgary on July 28th
Michele Martignoni ties for fastest knockout in Bellator history @ Bellator 203 on July 14th
Raoni Barcelos is successful in his debut with a vicious combo against Kurt Holobaugh @ UFC Fight Night: Boise on July 14th
Alex Nicholson and Kelvin Tiller both score two of my favorite knockouts of the year @ PFL1 on June 7th
Marlon Moraes ends Jimmie Rivera’s night 33 seconds into the fight @ UFC Fight Night: Utica on June 1st
Brendan Allen faceplants Larry Crowe @ LFA 43 on June 22nd
Anthony Smith crumples Rashad Evans with a vicious knee @ UFC 225 on June 9th
Juan Archuleta uncorks a monster right hand to end Robbie Peralta’s night @ Bellator 201 on June 28th
Josh Parisian lands a spinning back fist to put Greg Rebello out on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on June 26th
Petr Yan has a successful debut against Teruto Ishihara @ UFC Fight Night: Singapore on June 23rd
Might be my top knockout of the year, Lyoto Machida (one of my all-time favorite fighters) recreates his famous crane kick against Vitor Belfort @ UFC 224 on May 12th – this was also Vitor’s retirement fight
John ‘Hands Of Stone’ Lineker puts down Brian Kelleher @ UFC 224 on May 12th
Phil Davis lands a perfect head kick on Linton Vassell @ Bellator 200 on May 25th
Featherweight champion Kevin Aguilar knocks out interim champion Thanh Le @ LFA 40 on May 25th
Gabriel Benitez slams Humberto Bandenay on his way to a KO victory @ UFC Fight Night: Chile on May 19th
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos puts away Sean Strickland with a spinning heel kick and punches @ UFC 224 on May 12th
Dominick Reyes drops Jared Cannonier with a short uppercut @ UFC Fight Night: Chile on May 19th
Poliana Botelho scores the fastest finish in strawweight history with vicious liver kicks to end Syuri Kondo’s night @ UFC Fight Night: Chile on May 19th
‘Don’t Sleep on This’ is a new segment I’m going to pump out leading up to every card about a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (a/k/a slept on).
On this weekend’s FS1 prelims, we’ll get a marquee women’s flyweight matchup that should certainly have title implications for the winner. #10-ranked Jessica-Rose Clark will face #15-ranked Andrea ‘KGB’ Lee, two of the division’s most talked about fighters. Clark is looking to bounce back from her first loss since she ripped off a three-fight winning streak; as Lee is looking to continue her five-fight winning streak after winning her UFC debut in May.
InvictaFC vet Jessica-Rose Clark a/k/a Jessy Jess joined the UFC in November of last year and debuted with a split decision win over fellow Aussie Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 121; two months later she came away with an impressive win against Paige VanZant. This past June, Clark dropped a decision against flyweight upstart Jessica Eye. Clark has decided to switch up camps for this fight, leaving Syndicate MMA, a decision that also prompted her to quit alcohol.
Andrea Lee is also a former InvictaFC fighter, as well as being the former LFC and LFA women’s flyweight champion. Lee made her debut at UFC Fight Night 129 this past May and picked up a fairly dominant unanimous decision win against Veronica Macedo.
In August, Lee was a victim of domestic violence, and addressed the incident, looking forward to getting back in the cage. As someone who experienced domestic violence herself, Jessica-Rose Clark offered Lee ‘sanctuary’ after the incident, even though she doesn’t know Lee personally herself. This fight also comes up not too long after another domestic abuse incident involving fellow UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich surfaced. On top of these ladies being world-class athletes and training nearly all year round, you have to admire their strength in these unfortunate situations. I’m looking forward to this fight for many reasons, but mostly because they’re going to go out there and put on a great fight. Warriors.
UFC on FOX 31: Lee Vs. Iaquinta 2 prelims air on Fox Sports 1 @ 5:00PM ET/2:00PM PT.