Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – June

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

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – May

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

Recap & Highlights: LFA 56 – LFA ends the calendar year with a new lightweight champion

The LFA ended the calendar year with an exciting card that crowned a new lightweight champion. All but one fight ended in a finish, with hot prospect Youssef Zalal extending his unbeaten streak, Demarques Jackson making a case for the next title shot and Austin Hubbard upsetting Killys Mota for that lightweight title.

Middleweight Bout: Dante Schiro def. Robert Gidron via submission (arm triangle) 2:25, R1

Schiro immediately went for the takedown and worked his way into an arm triangle for the win, almost made it look too easy.

Featherweight Bout: Youssef Zalal def. Steven Merrill via submission (D’Arce choke) 3:22, R1

The first round began with a bad break in the action after Zalal held on to the fence where Merrill was working on a single leg; when Merrill went for another single leg, Zalal caught him with a knee coming in but Merrill got up and rocked Zalal with a right. Shortly after, the fight found it’s way to the ground where Zalal was able to lock in a D’Arce choke. In the post-fight interview, the undefeated prospect told Sean Shelby to give him a call.

Light Heavyweight Bout: Alton Cunningham def. Erick Murray, Jr. via TKO (punches) 1:53, R2

After a 1st round full of grappling exchanges, Cunningham brought the fight to the mat in the 2nd and finished off Murray, Jr. with ground and pound. During the post-fight interview, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series alum Cunningham called for another shot in the UFC.

Welterweight Bout: Jonathon Thomson def. Ange Loosa via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-27)

Thomson hands Loosa his first professional loss in the first fight of the night to go the distance.

165lb. Catchweight Bout: Demarques Jackson def. Bobby Lee via submission (guillotine choke) 2:11, R1

Bobby Lee shot for a takedown and when Jackson was trying to get himself up at the cage he was able to lock in a guillotine. Could a fight with the next lightweight champion be next?

LFA Lightweight Championship: Austin Hubbard def. Killys Mota via TKO (punches) 4:45, R5

After a fairly dominant 1st round for Killys Mota, Austin Hubbard took over in the second and didn’t let up, winning the next three rounds. In the 5th round, Hubbard had Mota finished, but the ref wouldn’t call it, it took about over a minute and the crowd booing to get the referee to finally call it off. Austin Hubbard is your new LFA lightweight champion.

 

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – March

Brian Ortega becomes the first fighter to stop Frankie Edgar inside the cage @ UFC 222 on March 3rd

Alexander Hernandez upsets Beneil Dariush @ UFC 222 on March 3rd

Danny Roberts crumples Oliver Enkamp @ UFC Fight Night: London on March 17th

Milana Dudieva finishes Christina Marks with an overhand right @ Invicta FC 28 on March 24th

Jamall Emmers drops Guilherme Faria and finishes him off on the ground @ LFA 36 on March 23rd

Adrian Yanez floors Nathan Trepagnier with quick left and right hooks @ LFA 35 on March 8th

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – February

Yoel Romero crushes Luke Rockhold with an overhand right @ UFC 221 on February 10th

Kevin Wirth gives Isaiah Gutierrez the Shawn Michaels treatment @ LFA 33 on February 16th, 2018

Alan Jouban knocks out Ben Saunders @ UFC Fight Night: Orlando on February 24th

Curtis Millender ends Thiago Alves’ night with a knee @ UFC Fight Night: Austin on February 18th

 

Cowboy Cerrone finishes Yancy Medeiros @ UFC Fight Night: Austin on February 18th

Thiago Santos downs Anthony Smith with a body kick then finishes him off with punches @ UFC Fight Night: Belem on February 3rd

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – January

Curtis Millender ends Nick Barnes night with a head kick @ LFA 30 on January 12th

Ryan Spann flatlines Alex Nicholson @ LFA 32 on January 26th

Mirsad Bektic crumples Godofredo Pepey with brutal body shot @ UFC Fight Night: Charlotte on January 27th

Jacare Souza ends Derek Brunson’s night with a head kick and punches @ UFC Fight Night: Charlotte on January 27th

Abdul Razak Alhassan knocks Sabah Homasi out cold with an uppercut @ UFC 220 on January 20th

Aaron Pico finishes Shane Krutchen with a body shot @ Bellator 192 on January 20th

Jeremy Stephens stops Doo Ho Choi @ UFC Fight Night: St. Louis on January 14th

Helen Peralta makes Jade Ripley do the zombie @ Invcita FC 27 on January 13th