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Over the years, the Octagon has seen some madness unfold, with bitter rivals settling disputes, a bout between former friends and many others. In this blog, we will run you through some of the fastest knockouts in UFC and mixed martial arts history, so relax and let us run you through memory lane.
What to expect from this blog:
- Headline fight in UFC 239
- The fastest knockouts in UFC
- Other notable fast knockouts
Headline fight in UFC 239 – The fastest knockout in UFC history
In 2019, UFC 239 took place at the T mobile arena, where Jorge Masvidal was pinned against Ben Askren, who was mainly known for his wrestling skills. Both boasted an outstanding set of skills, with many spectators predicting a close encounter which could go the distance.
The exact opposite happened, as in just seven seconds, Ben Askren was left in a heap, gifting Jorge Masvidal the fastest knockout in UFC history – a record previously held by Duane Ludwig. Masvidal had it all planned out. He ran towards his opponent and, with a perfect flying knee, knocked out cold Askren. Askren struggled to gain back consciousness as the medical team tried their best to get him on his feet.
Ben Askren had won on his UFC debut against Robbie Lawler a few months earlier, and if he won this fight, he would have gotten a title shot. After the fight, Masvidal faced Nate Diaz in a match for a celebratory ”Baddest Motherfucker” (BMF) belt.
The fastest knockouts in UFC history
1. Duane Ludwig vs Jonathan Goulet – 2006
Fight highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DaDSbpKYow
At UFC Fight Night 3, Duane Ludwig defeated Jonathan Goulet with a counter right hand, gifting Ludwig a knockout victory in just six seconds. There is some debate on the time of this knockout as the timekeeper did not pay attention and did not stop the clock at six seconds, so the official time of the round is 11 seconds. Dana White later recognised the error, and Duane smashed the previous UFC record as the fastest knockout at that time.
2. Todd Duffee vs Tim Hague – 2009
Fight highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxfBtg7AgXI
We switch it up to the heavyweights as we go back to 2009 when Todd Duffee did an amazing job on his UFC debut against Tim Hague. The two fighters met in the middle of the Octagon, but Duffee was quicker to the punch when his left jab landed flush, Hague immediately hit the deck and absorbed further damage, and the referee had to pull him away. Duffee’s record before the fight was 5-0, with four of those fights ending inside the initial round.
3. Chan Sung Jung vs Mark Hominick – 2011
Fight highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwb0iUGvLe0
Another fight that saw a knockout in the first few seconds of the first round was the one between the Korean Zombie and Mark Hominick. After losing to Jose Aldo, Mark Hominick had to bounce back with a win. Both met at the centre and touched gloves; when Mark threw the first punch, which missed, Chan Sung Jung took advantage of this and threw a strong left hook and continued to throw punches to finish off one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history.
4. Terrance McKinney vs Matt Frevola – 2021
Fight highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQjkdVfVFOQ
An entertaining few seconds from UFC 277 Fight Night as the bell rang and McKinney stepped forward and caught Frevola flush with a right-left combo leaving Matt stunned. Terrance McKinney wheeled away in celebration, which caused him to injure himself in completing an eventful couple of seconds. The time taken was seven seconds, equalling the fastest knockout in UFC history.
Other notable fast knockouts
Connor McGregor vs Jose Aldo
Fight Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qrVQwjieac
The big fight, the most anticipated match in history, took place in Las Vegas with the Featherweight championship on the line. Connor McGregor was confident and loose as ever before the fight, and he started that as well; he saw Aldo coming and countered his punch with a solid left hook and then followed up with a couple of hammer fists. Some people might argue that this is the best due to the fact that both fighters have competed at the highest level.
James Irvin, in 2005, managed to knock out Terry Martin in the opening seconds of the second round with the perfect flying knee, which shocked the audience at the time as James Irvin was struggling in the opening round but came out flying – literally – in the second.
Irvin was again involved in 2008 when he fought Houston Alexander in Colorado. Irvin led off with a superman punch to the jaw that knocked Alexander down. Alexander immediately got to his feet and protested the quick stoppage. The eight-second knockout tied the record for the fastest in UFC alongside Don Frye at UFC 8. The knockout loss was officially ruled as a TKO due to strikes after.
In UFC 149, Ryan Jimmo made his UFC debut and stunned the fans when he finished off Anthony Perosh in just a couple of seconds. Ryan Jimmo landed a lethal left-right combo before landing one last punch. Anthony Perosh did not move after being stunned by Jimmo’s agility and strength.
Another impressive quick knockout in UFC was when Leon Edwards knocked out his opponent in eight seconds. Leon started cautiously, but when he saw that his opponent rushed into a couple of punches, he seized his chance and landed a vicious right hand, followed by a couple of ground and pound.
Finnish Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani debuted in the UFC in January 2015, and he brought with him a reputation for violence. Of the 12 fights on his record, he won 10 and only went the distance in two of those victories.
When he faced Andy Ogle, he did not waste any time. He sprinted out of his corner, hit the Englishmen with a flying knee that sent him stumbling, and followed with an uppercut that dropped him hard. In just eight seconds, Amrikhani had picked up the ninth first-round win of his career.
As we saw fighters from all around the world compete on the biggest UFC fight night, we witnessed some great entertainment. The flying knee from Jorge Masvidal, Ludwig being knocked out cold in just five seconds and many other monumental fights.
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