The 7 Greatest Recent KOs You Haven't Seen
While the UFC pumps out enough promotion that fans can easily access its most aesthetically pleasing KOs, some of the second- and third-tier MMA organizations can't do the same.
Generally, undercard fights on promotions like Bellator MMA, ONE FC and Legacy FC, among many others, are often missed and then forgotten. And of course these promotions all produce gloriously violent KOs on a regular basis, highlight-reel finishes that deserve recognition.
Since many bona fide head-turning KOs go unnoticed, here's a look at the best recent slobber knockers you haven't seen.
Honorable Mention: Alex Montagnani vs. Tim Menzies
He ate several punches in the process, but British striker Alex Montagnani set up his jumping-knee KO of Tim Menzies at BAMMA Fight Night: Askham vs. Nunes with precision and grace.
Montagnani didn't mind absorbing a few punches to the body and head as long as he grabbed the proper muay thai plum to unleash the vicious knee strike.
Menzies was too busy dirty boxing to see the knee coming, which landed flush on his chin and sent him crashing to the canvas. Montagnani added a follow-up punch on the way down to ensure Menzies' demise.
The win improved Montagnani's record to 7-1. Six of his seven wins have came via KO.
7. Matt Patterson vs. Ron Krisch Jr.
For those curious about the caliber of the sport's up-and-comers, here's a small glimpse at what's lurking in the amateur ranks.
In just his second amateur bout, 24-year-old Matt Patterson used a picturesque combination to crumble Ron Krisch Jr. less than a minute into their bout at Pinnacle FC: Pittsburgh Challenge Series 7.
The left-handed Patterson broke out of a clinch and clobbered Krisch Jr. with a four-punch combination that ended with a pair of thunderous left hooks, the second of which gruesomely folded Krisch Jr.
6. Paul Buentello vs. James McSweeney
Those who haven't felt the shock and pain that accompanies a flush shot to the liver may not fully appreciate the brutality of Paul Buentello's KO of James McSweeney at Legacy FC 22.
Roughly 2:31 into the second round, and with McSweeney essentially trying to recover on his back, a standing Buentello dropped a hard right hand on the liver of his fellow UFC vet.
A resilient McSweeney momentarily recovered, only to wear another lethal right hand to the liver from Buentello seconds later that instantly ended the fight.
McSweeney reacted to the punches by sitting in the fetal position, spitting his mouthpiece out and falling over to his back in agony.
5. Steve Garcia vs. Cody Walker
Just 39 seconds into their fight at Bellator 121, Steve Garcia caught Cody Walker with his hands down and made him pay dearly.
In the midst of throwing a sloppy left hand, Walker got clipped with a brutal left hook from Garcia that sent him crashing to the canvas.
The nimble Garcia pounced on an already unconscious Walker and landed three unnecessary hammer fists before the bout's referee could step in to save the day.
4. Brian Rogers vs. Adrian Miles
Adrian Miles saw hulking middleweight Brian Rogers coming, but the Mississippi native still couldn't get out of the way of Rogers' venomous flying knee at Bellator 119.
Rogers backed the Alan Belcher MMA Club fighter down and uncorked a flying knee that caused Miles to put his head down and move to his left.
Unfortunately for Miles, he moved directly into the path of Rogers' left knee, a mistake that cost him his consciousness.
The loss was Miles' first KO setback since his pro debut in 2009.
3. Koji Oishi vs. Honorio Banario
Koji Oishi became the first man to KO the iron-jawed Honorio Banario at One FC: Rise to Power, doing so with a well-timed overhand right.
Oishi slipped a left jab and countered with a flush overhand right that flattened Banario in their featherweight title fight. Oishi landed several unneeded follow-up punches before the match's referee could intervene.
Seven months later in the rematch, Oishi scored a third-round KO of Banario with punches to again defend his belt.
2. Liam McGeary vs. Mike Mucitelli
Liam McGeary didn't need to throw any follow-up strikes to finish off Mike Mucitelli at Bellator 118. Truth be told, McGeary knew it was over the instant he cracked Mucitelli with a beautiful counter hook.
McGeary responded to Mucitelli's left jab with a counter left hook that dropped his fellow massive light heavyweight and sent him falling unconscious into a strange split-like position.
Roughly two months later, McGeary won via TKO over Egidijus Valavicius at Bellator 122 to improve to 5-0 in the promotion with four KO/TKOs.
1. Jordan Parsons vs. Tim Bazer
Once-beaten Jordan Parsons obviously left his corner in the second round of Bellator 117 with bad intentions.
Just four seconds into the round, Parsons sent Tim Bazer crashing violently to the canvas with a potent two-punch combination.
Bazer attempted a left kick-left hook combination off the bell, but dropped his hands in the process, allowing Parsons to unleash his left jab-right overhand combination.
Parsons found his mark with both punches and dropped Bazer with unmerciful force to win his Bellator MMA debut and improve to 10-1.