The Most Prolific Knockout Artists in UFC History

Tim McTiernan@tmt2393Correspondent IMay 16, 2014

The Most Prolific Knockout Artists in UFC History

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    Knockouts are probably the most fun thing to see in all of MMA. The fans burst out in cheers, and there is no more definitive end to a fight. Knockout artists quickly become fan favorites, and the ones with the most knockouts are almost universally admired.

    To come anywhere close to this list, fighters have had to show longevity, and the ability to perform at a high level for the majority of that time. Some truly big name strikers have come and gone, like a flash in the pan, only to disappear and never be seen again.

    The men on this list were able to win enough to stay in the UFC for a long time and knock some heads off in the process. Let's check out the men with the most knockouts in UFC history.

7 Knockouts

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    Fighters Tied: 

    • BJ Penn
    • Thiago Alves
    • Chris Leben
    • Randy Couture
    • Gabriel Gonzaga
    • Andrei Arlovski
    • Roy Nelson
    • Junior dos Santos

    There are eight fighters in UFC history with seven knockouts, and most of them can continue to climb up the ladder. The only fighters who are no longer in the UFC are Chris Leben and Randy Couture. Both BJ Penn and Andrei Arlovski recently returned to the UFC.

    BJ Penn and Chris Leben have the most UFC fights to have seven knockouts, as both of them fought in the UFC 22 times.

    Junior dos Santos and Roy Nelson have the least number of fights, at 12. In addition, dos Santos also has one victory from submission to strikes.

8 Knockouts

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    Fighters Tied: 

    • Melvin Guillard
    • Matt Hughes
    • Michael Bisping
    • Tito Ortiz

    There's four fighters with eight knockouts, only one of whom is still active in the UFC. Melvin Guillard got his eight in 22 fights and was released from the UFC after his most recent loss.

    Matt Hughes was the longtime UFC welterweight champion, and had 25 total fights in the UFC. Hughes earned most of his knockouts early in his career, at one point winning four straight by (T)KO.

    Tito Ortiz is the former UFC light heavyweight champion, and has the most fights of any UFC fighter with 8 knockouts, at 27 fights. Ortiz retired after his most recent fight but is now coming back to fight Alexander Shlemenko in Bellator this weekend.

    Michael Bisping is the only active fighter with eight knockouts, which he earned in 20 UFC fights. Bisping's last knockout came over Jason "Mayhem" Miller in late 2011.

9 Knockouts

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    Fighters Tied: 

    • Matt Brown
    • Rich Franklin
    • Cain Velasquez

    There's three fighters sitting with nine knockouts, and all three are still active.

    Rich Franklin is the former UFC middleweight champion, and has been around the UFC for a long time. His first UFC fight was against Evan Tanner in 2003. Franklin came to the UFC full time in 2005, after having already earned two knockouts in the UFC. His last KO victory was over Chuck Liddell at UFC 115.

    Cain Velasquez is the current UFC heavyweight champion and has earned nine knockouts in just 12 UFC fights. Most recently, he knocked out Junior dos Santos in the fifth round to defend his title and win the trilogy with dos Santos.

    Matt Brown is one of the biggest shockers to show up on this list, but when you look at his recent resurgence, it really isn't a surprise at all. Brown has won seven straight, the last five of which have all been knockouts. Brown is making a push for a title shot, and anyone who gets in his way could get knocked unconscious.

10 Knockouts

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    There's only one fighter in UFC history with 10 knockouts, and that is the former longtime light heavyweight champion, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell.

    Liddell earned his knockouts in 23 fights, but the most impressive part of his knockouts was the fact that he won seven fights in a row with knockouts. 

    From 2004 until December 2006, Liddell knocked out Tito Ortiz, Vernon White and then Randy Couture to win the light heavyweight title. After that, he knocked out Jeremy Horn, Randy Couture (again), Renato Sobral and Tito Ortiz (again.) That knockout streak still stands as a UFC record.

    That would be Liddell's last knockout, as after that, he would go on to lose five of his next six, and he retired after that.

11 Knockouts

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    Fighters Tied: 

    • Vitor Belfort
    • Anderson Silva

    Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva. Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. These two are some of the best strikers to ever set foot in the Octagon, and the numbers back that up.

    Silva has had 18 fights in the UFC and has proven he is one of the best strikers in the world. Two separate times, he has had knockout streaks of at least three. However, he has lost two straight, and hasn't earned a knockout since 2012.

    On the other hand, Belfort has been red-hot since his submission loss to Jon Jones, as Belfort has rattled off three straight knockout wins, all with head kicks, and all of which earned Knockout of the Night.

    If Silva and Belfort ever meet again, the all time knockouts record could be on the line.