Top 5 UFC knockouts of the decade (2010-2019)

  • The UFC has had plenty of amazing knockouts during this decade, but none better than these five.
Scott Newman
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 22 Nov 2019, 18:40 IST

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It sounds hard to believe, but we’re almost at the end of another decade – the 2010’s – and over the past ten years of UFC action, we’ve seen some amazing fights, amazing shows and obviously, some amazing knockouts.

Whittling 10 years of jaw-dropping KO’s down to a top five was always going to be tricky; should the list be comprised of the spectacular, or the more historically important? It’s hard to say. The following 5 knockouts, though, were both spectacular and historically important, meaning they’ll probably be remembered for decades to come.

Here are the 5 greatest UFC knockouts of the past decade (2010-2019).

#5 Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva, UFC 162 – 07/06/2013

Chris Weidman
Chris Weidman's KO of Anderson Silva was a huge upset

It was the knockout that shattered a legend, and was widely considered one of the greatest upsets in UFC history. Coming into UFC 162, Anderson Silva had reeled off a ludicrous 16 victories in a row in UFC action, and had successfully defended his UFC Middleweight title – the title he won in 2006 – on 10 occasions. Weidman was unbeaten at 9-0 and had picked up half of his victories inside the Octagon, but nobody really expected him to beat the seemingly unstoppable ‘Spider’.

Chris Weidman had other ideas, though, and showed no intimidation despite the Brazilian’s best attempts at getting inside his head, clowning and taunting him throughout the first round despite being taken down early in the fight. ‘The All-American’ was undeterred, and in the second round, Silva made the mistake of taunting him a little too much.

He attempted to lean out of the way of some punches after faking being stunned, but hadn’t quite reckoned with Weidman’s long reach. Weidman’s right hand missed, but a heavy left hook clocked the champion cleanly on the jaw, and down Silva went – knocked unconscious for the first time in his 16-year career.

The fight had earth-shattering ramifications; Silva has won just one fight in the six years that have followed while Weidman went on to make two successful defences of the Middleweight crown – but never again quite reached the heights that this knockout initially propelled him to. 

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Published 22 Nov 2019, 18:40 IST
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