30 of the best MMA knockouts of all time [UPDATED AUGUST 2023]

Nothing gets the blood of an MMA fan going quite like a good knockout ... so here are 30 of our favorites.
UFC 239 Masvidal v Askren
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Nothing gets the blood of an MMA fan going quite like a good knockout.

While slightly barbaric, the ability to stun a man (or woman) cold is nothing short of amazing. Then, you factor in that the victim is a cold-blooded fighter who has spent months training to rip your head off at the same time, you get greatness.

Some see savage beatings, while others see beautiful martial arts at its fullest potential. A perfectly-timed head kick, a flying knee out of nowhere, or a devastating spinning back fist makes MMA a sport unlike any other. In boxing, you have to knock a guy down a few times (in most cases, see Mike Tyson vs. Marvis Frazier) to get the finish, but an MMA knockout can happen in a matter of one second or one strike if a fighter lets their guard down for a moment.

We’ve decided to share our top 30 knockouts in the history of MMA from all promotions, Strikeforce, UFC, Bellator, Pride, and more. Some are on the list because of brutality, others because of sheer magnitude, and some are just downright savage. Not everyone will agree with our list, so if you disagree, let us know who we missed.

Before we get started, here's a few we wanted to include but we didn't have room for:

  • Michael Venom Page literally cracks Cyborg Santos' skull | WATCH HERE
  • Robbie Lawler ends his final fight in under 40 seconds | WATCH HERE
  • Francis Ngannou KOs Alistair Overeem | WATCH HERE
  • Leon Edwards head-kick KO of Kamaru Usman | WATCH HERE
  • Justin Gaethje head-kick KO of Dustin Poirier to become new BMF champ | WATCH HERE

Also, it was difficult enough to narrow these down to 30, so they are in no particular ranking order.

Disclaimer: Some of what you are about to see may be graphic, reader discretion is advised.