MMA Top 10 Knockout Artists

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  1. Atmosphere

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    By Jeff "Wombat" Meszaros
    www.bodognation.com


    Compared to mixed martial arts, boxing is essentially a glorified pillow fight. While fighters in "the sweet science" wear 16-ounce gloves, their counterparts in MMA wear measly four-ounce, open-fingered knuckle-dusters - just enough to protect the hand from the rigors of cracking repeatedly against the human skull. It's no surprise that the sport of MMA has a higher KO rate than boxing, and here are 10 fighters who've taken the art of cracking heads to the next level.

    Melvin "No Mercy" Manhoef (17-4-1, 16 TKOs)

    Current Cage Rage light heavyweight world champion Melvin Manhoef is one of the most terrifying strikers in mixed martial arts today. With punishing victories over Crosley Gracie, Shungo Oyama and Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, all of his crushing victories, except one, have come by either KO or TKO. Although he’s faced some excellent competition, "No Mercy" has yet to test himself against top-10 fighters.

    Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (16-2-0, 13 TKOs)

    As the brother of Murilo "Ninja" Rua and the teammate of Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has received a top-level education in the art of knocking people's heads off. With wins over Ricardo Arona, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Alistair Overeem, "Shogun" has established himself as the top light heavyweight fighter in the world. Although Manhoef has notched more knockouts, "Shogun" has faced higher-level competition and has defeated many of the other top-ranked fighters in his weight class.

    Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (15-1-0, 11 TKOs)

    Norifumi Yamamoto came from a family of wrestlers. His father represented Japan in the 1972 Olympics, and "Kid" won many wrestling titles of his own before switching to MMA. Surprisingly, of his 15 wins in mixed martial arts, 11 have come by knockout. Undefeated since 2002, he's KO'd his last seven opponents, including Genki Sudo, Caol Uno and the famous Royler Gracie. He might just hold the record for fastest knockout in MMA history with an incredible four-second flying knee KO over Kazuo Misaki in May 2006.

    Eddie Alvarez (11-1-0, 8 TKOs)

    Former Bodog Fight welterweight champ Eddie Alvarez is known for his incredible hand speed and takedown defense. Before losing his belt to Nick "The Goat" Thompson in St. Petersburg, Alvarez was on an undefeated knockout streak, blazing through opponents with machine gun-style striking. Iron-jawed Aaron Riley, who once withstood a brutal beating at the hands of Robbie Lawler, lasted only one minute against the quick-fisted fighter from Philadelphia, going down at 1:05 in the first round amidst a hailstorm of knuckles. In the first episode of Bodog Fight: New Jersey, Alvarez looks to return to his winning ways against Boston native Matt Lee.

    Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (22-5-2, 15 TKOs)

    When Mirko Filipovic gets in the ring, you know someone is going to get knocked out. Sadly, sometimes it is him. "Cro Cop" has been KO’d by both Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga and Kevin Randleman. However, when he's not lying on the canvas in a twisted heap, Filipovic is one of the most deadly strikers in the game. Need an example? Watch his fights against Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Mark Coleman or Igor Vovchanchyn. "Cro Cop" once described his kicks by saying, "Left leg, to the hospital; right leg, to the cemetery." It's scary because it's true.

    Roman "Russian Power" Zentsov (16-11-0, 11 TKOs)

    A product of the Russian Red Devil Sport Club, Roman Zentsov might be the hardest-hitting heavyweight in the game. Former M-1 MFC heavyweight champion Zentsov has fought for Bodog Fight three times, knocking out French brawler Kristof Midoux twice and losing once by decision to Hammer House wrestler Brandon Lee Hinkle, who wisely tackled Zentsov to the mat at the start of each round to avoid feeling the punches of the "Russian Power." With KO wins over Pedro Rizzo and Gilbert Yvel, Zentsov has faced some incredible strikers and left them staring up at the lights.

    Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva (31-7-1, 21 TKOs)

    Former Pride light heavyweight champion Wanderlei Silva is famous for his aggressive style of striking. After fighting to a draw with Filipovic in 2002, Silva proceeded to knock out a host of opponents, including Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Kazushi Sakuraba and Yuki Kondo - the Japanese MMA veteran who recently fought Trevor Prangley for the Bodog Fight middleweight belt. Filipovic had his revenge in 2006, knocking out "The Axe Murderer" in their rematch. Rumors are afloat that Silva will face "The Iceman" in the near future.

    Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell (20-4, 13 TKOs)

    Former UFC light heavyweight champion "The Iceman" is perhaps the mixed martial arts fighter most famous for laying opponents out on their backs. Before losing his title to Jackson, "The Iceman" had notched up seven KO or TKO wins, defeating Tito Ortiz, Randy "The Natural" Couture and Jeremy Horn. His earlier victories over Vitor Belfort, Kevin Randleman and Renato Sobral are still favorites on highlight reels. An upcoming match against Keith Jardine will decide whether Liddell gets a shot at the title or whether he is delegated the role of octagon gatekeeper, like others before him.

    Mark Hunt (5-3-0, 3 TKOs)

    A K-1 kickboxing world champion, Mark Hunt has only eight mixed martial arts fights, but they've been against the very best. More often than not, the heavy hitter from New Zealand has come out on top with wins over Filipovic, Wanderlei Silva and Japanese boxing champion Yosuke Nishijima. Only Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and Olympic judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida have been able to get past Hunt’s incredible punching power.

    Anderson "The Spider" Silva (19-4, 11 TKOs)

    Reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has a deadly arsenal of sharp knees and accurate punches at his disposal. His knockouts over Rich Franklin and Chris Leben are the stuff of nightmares for his opponents. Only a handful of crafty grapplers have been able to finish "The Spider" off by sneaking past his strikes and catching him off-guard with a submission hold. After destroying Travis Lutter and Nathan Marquardt, Silva will find himself facing Franklin again in the near future.

    Honorable Mentions

    No list of master strikers would be complete without mentioning a few other names who, for whatever reason, didn't make the top 10 above. Among them: Andrei Arlovski, Semmy Schilt, Jerome LeBanner, Gilbert Yvel, Tim Sylvia, Spencer Fisher, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit and Fedor Emelianenko.

    Top-10 Percentage of TKOs
    Melvin "No Mercy" Manhoef 94%
    Mauricio "Shogun" Rua 81%
    Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto 73%
    Eddie Alvarez 72%
    Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic 68%
    Roman "Russian Power" Zentsov 68%
    Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva 67%
    Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell 65%
    Mark Hunt 60%
    Anderson "The Spider" Silva 57%
     
  2. Atmosphere

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    and wtfhunt

    he shouldn't be on that list for MMA
     
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    biased towards Bodog fighters
     
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    Alvarez nor Zentsov should be on there
     
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    #1. Chuck Liddell
    #2. Mriko Cro Cop
    #3. Wanderli Silva
    #4 Shogun
    #5 Anderson Silva
     
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    6 (T)KOs (46.15%)
     
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    yamamoto TKO over genki = :greddy:
     
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    well they also mention his flying knee KO against Kazuo Misaki :hsugh:
     
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    itr452 VTEC motherfucker, GOT ANY?

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    "Cro Cop" once described his kicks by saying, "Left leg, to the hospital; right leg, to the cemetery." It's scary because it's true.

    ???

    right leg hospital, left leg cemetary damn punk!
     
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    yeah :wtf: :o
     
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    uhhh that cro cop list is totally fucked up.... he never ko'd fedor and its right kick hospital, left kick cemetary. idiots. ( the guys that wrote that, not thread starter )
     

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