We get tiny little clips focusing on the best knockouts from UFC 62 through UFC 75.
There are a number of ways to win a match in the UFC. You can make your opponent submit. You can go the limit and win the judge’s decision. Your opponent can be disqualified. The referee can deem your opponent unable to continue. There is one other way, and it will make the crowds pop the hardest, and that is to knock your opponent out. This DVD is volume 6 of the collection of the most devastating knockouts. It is hosted by Mike Goldberg, the play-by-play announcer for the UFC.
There were a lot of knockouts on this DVD (35 total) and the more historic are the following:
- Chuck “The Ice Man” Liddell has the most knockouts in UFC history and on this DVD we get his fight from UFC 62 against Renato “Babalu” Sobral for the Light Heavyweight Title. The announcers mention Liddell is coming off a foot injury but it didn’t matter as Sobral went in swinging but Liddell connected first and then beat Sobral into la-la land at 1:35 in Round 1.
- Anderson “The Spider” Silva matches up well with Liddell as a knockout artist. From UFC 64, we see Silva as he battles “Ace” Rich Franklin for Franklin’s Middleweight Championship. Silva knocked out Franklin with some vicious knees to the face that broke Franklin’s nose. This was just a brutal end for Franklin. Silva is a monster. Also from UFC 64 is Spencer Fisher facing Dan Lauzon in an early matchup. Lauzon came on late as a replacement, with only two weeks to prepare, and after a few knees Fisher knocked Lauzon with a straight left jab.
- The next fight came at the Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale. Season 4 was all about men who had UFC experience but had never won a title. The winners of the show would get title opportunities. This match was between two middleweight contenders, both from Team Mojo, Pell Sell and Scott Smith. This was a preliminary match as Smith lost in the first round and Snell in the semifinals leading into this match. This ending was amazing as Snell connected with a blow to the liver of Smith. Smith was in a lot of pain and Snell charged right into a Smith defensive punch to the face. Snell was ruled out by KO as Smith fell to the mat in obvious pain. It was incredible to see this defensive knockout.
- Next we go to UFC 65 for James “The Sandman” Irvin vs. Hector Ramirez. Ramirez missed a punch and Irvin hit a hard right to take Ramirez down to one knee. Irvin believed he won, but the referee made no sign so Irvin moved in and started pummeling him until the referee finally stopped the match. Next from the card we see Brandon Vera against former heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Vera was undefeated coming into this match, Mir’s third fight since a horrible motorcycle accident tore all the ligaments in his knee. Vera hit a hard knee to Mir’s head and then took his opponent down and busted him open for the KO win.
- Georges St-Pierre lost to his hero Matt Hughes at the end of the first round of their first fight. Two years later, St-Pierre said his hero worship was a thing of the past and it would be different. At UFC 65, the two fought for Hughes’ Welterweight Championship. When we pick up in the second round, Hughes looks tired. St-Pierre stuns him with a leg sweep and then picks up the KO for the championship victory with a side kick to the head followed by a series of mounted position blows.
- Forrest Griffin was the man who won Ultimate Fighter 1, the event Dana White called the most important fight in UFC history. It earned him a contract with the UFC and began to work his way up the ranks. At UFC 66, he battled Ultimate Fighter 2 semifinalist Keith Jardine. Jardine was just too fast and beat the crap out of Griffin. It was a dominant performance. The main event of the same card was the rematch between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell. Liddell promised to knock out Ortiz and made true on the threat with a TKO, just hitting Ortiz over and over again.
- At UFC 69, the Welterweight Championship was on the line as Georges St-Pierre defended it against Matt Serra. Serra had won the Comeback competition from Ultimate Fighter 4 and that earned him this title shot. St-Pierre was almost considered unbeatable at this point in his career. St-Pierre went for all the kicks but after slipping up, Serra connected with a hard punch. Serra then went to town on St-Pierre. The referee let it go a bit, maybe giving St-Pierre a chance to come back, but St-Pierre was out.
- At UFC 71, Keith Jardine was annoyed he had to fight a newcomer in Houston Alexander and felt he deserved a higher profile match. His arrogance proved his downfall as he started strong but lost to Alexander, who decimated him with short blows and knees to the head. The main event of the card was the rematch between Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell and Quentin “Rampage” Jackson. While Liddell is the best knockout artist in the UFC’s history, Jackson knocked out Liddell with a hard right hand to the head in this match. Liddell was pissed because he felt he was still ok, but the replay shows Liddell went limp and stopped defending himself.
- UFC 75 saw the return of Houston Alexander against a man who is known for his knockouts, Alessio Sakara. The announcers said we would know after this match if Alexander was for real or not. Alexander proved himself with another knockout, a knee followed by a series of short arm punches.
- UFC 70 presented the main event pitting Pride FC Open-Weight Grand Prix Champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, a man with some of the most devastating kicks in MMA, against Gabriel Gonzaga with the winner named the top contender for Randy Couture’s Heavyweight Championship. When we pick up the match, Gonzaga is sporting a nasty red whelp from an earlier Filipovic kick. No one could have ever expected to see Gonzaga connect with a huge spin kick that knocked Filipovic out cold, using the Russian’s finishing move against him.
There were some great knockouts on this DVD but I really don’t like the fact that we only see a maximum of 30 seconds of each match to get as many on here as we can. I’d rather they eliminate a bunch of the Fight Night matches between no-names and let us see the complete matches of the major knockouts. I say it would be better to see a dozen complete matches on the DVDs then 35 short match clips.