3 Weirdest UFC Knockouts in History
There have been many knockouts in the history of the UFC, however none have been weirder than the ones below.
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1. Shane Burgos vs Edson Barboza
There hasn't been a stranger knockout to date, than the recent Burgos vs Barboza fight.
Barboza is known for his elite striking (and fantastic knockouts), and Burgos is known for being extremely well rounded, along with very tough.
Delayed KO the new thing— C H🖕🏽T O🇪🇨V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) May 16, 2021
They had a nice back and forth affair until suddenly Barboza hit Burgos with a jab and an overhand right, which Burgos seemingly took well until he didn't..
The body of Burgos would give up on him a few seconds later, and he would back pedal and fall to the ground. It almost seemed like Burgos held on for as long as he could, until his body betrayed him.
Watching the replay, you can see the eyes of Burgos roll to the back of his head as his knees began buckling.
This is an extremely bizarre knockout, I've been watching MMA for 20+ years and I haven't seen anything like this.
That's the craziest delayed ko reaction I've ever seen!!!#UFC262— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) May 16, 2021
2. Korean Zombie vs Yair Rodriguez
The ultra popular Korean Zombie who is known for putting on exciting fights, taking on the young phenom striker in Yair Rodriguez.
These two had put on an exciting back and forth affair throughout the fight. With 1 minute left in the fight, they both stood still as the crowd cheered, and they decided to empty out the gas tank.
I honesty think that’s the most insane thing I’ve ever seen in modern MMA. We’ve had giant women fight grandmas, 600 lbs men get their balls pounded but that was on another level.— FILTHY (@FilthyTomLawlor) November 11, 2018
As they unloaded strikes on each other, there was 1 second left on the clock, Zombie was chasing forward for the knockout, when suddenly Rodriguez ducked and the Korean Zombie was out cold on the octagon.
WTF did I just witness 😱😱😱😱😱 woooooow what a finish #ufcdenver— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) November 11, 2018
Korean Zombie vs Yair Rodríguez pic.twitter.com/bPOXUw5gP7— MMA Gone Wild🥋 (@mmagonewild) September 16, 2019
It wasn't until the replay, that we noticed the strike that actually knocked him out was a sneaky upward elbow that Rodriguez threw while ducking.
This is absolutely one of the strangest knockouts I've ever seen, a ducking upward elbow that lands flush with 1 second left.
3. Anderson Silva vs Forrest Griffin
The first two knockouts that we covered were strange due to being a delayed knockout, and an unreal strike, this one is a little different.
Anderson Silva had dominated his Middleweight division, and decided to move up 20 lbs and face a former Lightheavyweight Champion in Forrest Griffin.
Aug8.2009— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) August 8, 2016
7 years ago today,
Anderson Silva brought the matrix into the octagon,
when he finished Forrest Griffin pic.twitter.com/c9xrK8hJaX
This was seen by many fans as a very legitimate test for Silva, however the fight played out much differently.
Silva would be levels above Griffin in the striking department, as he knocked Griffin down 3 times in the first round.
Griffin would eventually try to land a combo while walking forward, which Silva easily dodge and countered with a jab that seemingly had no power, which knocked Griffin down again.
Forrest Griffin vs Anderson Silva pic.twitter.com/naYk49SMOD— MMA Gone Wild🥋 (@mmagonewild) August 30, 2019
That would conclude the fight as Silva easily outclassed a former UFC champion.
Hilariously years later, Griffin being the good sport that he is, he would do an interview about what was going on in his head during that fight, and how Silva looked at him.
This is a must watch as Griffin explaining this is pure comedy. He explains that after he threw a punch, Silva gave him a look of "Did you really think you could hit me? What a stupid think to think".
Forrest Griffin explains how embarrassing was trying to hit Anderson Silva 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/byrukkxaGh— Nice guy Conor 🙂 (@MmaGodfather) March 8, 2021