The perfect knockout class is all the time probably the most hotly debated, just because the variety of spectacular knockouts that happen within the Octagon persistently supersedes the quantity of slots on lists like this. However we should keep on, and whereas there is probably not full settlement with the highest 5 knockouts of the primary half of 2017, you’ll be able to’t deny that these have been fairly rattling good.
There isn’t any science behind choosing the perfect knockouts on these lists. However all of them require a leap out of the seat adopted by a “Whoa” or “Oh #$%$.” In case you get each and the space is excessive on the leap, that’s a primary-place winner, and that’s precisely why Mike Perry’s end of Jake Ellenberger in April is right here. This battle of welterweight bangers wasn’t anticipated to go the space, however I don’t assume anybody noticed Perry’s elbow coming. Ellenberger definitely didn’t, and he was out on contact. Scary.
The scary factor about Edson Barboza’s standup assault isn’t solely that a knockout can come at any time, however that the Brazilian fires off these deadly strikes effortlessly and with no tells. Watch the seconds earlier than he completed Beneil Dariush in March, and he may as nicely be warming up for a jog across the block earlier than Dariush modifications ranges for a takedown and Barboza jumps up and lands an ideal flying knee to the top. At some point, I’ll take a look at your complete historical past of the UFC to see what number of lists like this Barboza is on, and I’m guessing that he’ll at some point be seen as one of many biggest strikers within the promotion’s historical past.
The world was ready to see this Holly Holm present up once more, and in June, following a collection of fights that noticed her aggressive however not spectacular, she introduced spectacular again with a head kick end of Bethe Correia. It wasn’t only a massive win as a result of it snapped a 3-struggle dropping streak for the previous ladies’s bantamweight champ, however as a result of it reminded everybody simply how harmful one among fight sports activities’ all-time nice strikers might be when she’s on her recreation.
It needs to be disheartening to struggle a man like Marc Diakiese when he’s in a rhythm, assured, and properly conscious that you simply gained’t be capable of stand and commerce with him for any size of time. And if he begins smiling, like he did in March towards Teemu Packalen, that’s when you want to begin on the lookout for the takedown, the exit, or each. Packalen didn’t get that probability although, as Diakiese shot a missile of a proper hand at him and stiffened him, with the top coming simply 30 seconds into the struggle.
Damir Hadzovic made a superb impression in his UFC debut in 2016 earlier than being stopped by Mairbek Taisumov, however it took a yr earlier than he returned to face Marcin Held in Might, and for 2 rounds, his complete offense had been shut down. He wanted a 3rd-spherical end to win, and lo and behold, he received it seven seconds into the ultimate body as he met a Held takedown try with a knee, and it was recreation over. That’s a lesson for you youngsters – don’t hand over.