All knockouts are basically the same — a fighter gets his brain turned off and then gravity takes over. But when you've been watching MMA as long as we have, you begin to notice patterns. So here's a guide to nine notable sub-species of KO, ranging from frighteningly violent to kind of hilarious. Enjoy, and let us know if we've left out any of your favorites...
This one's pretty self-explanatory. When you end a fight with the first punch you throw, it either means you're a total badass, or you had a little help from your opponent. (See also: The First-Kick Knockout)
The knockout-victim stiffens up on his feet and falls to earth as slowly and deliberately as a mighty redwood. Bonus points if you can punch the guy a few more times on the way down. (See also: Barboza vs. Etim, Mercer vs. Sylvia)
The Double Knockout
As rare and beautiful as a triple rainbow, it's the magical moment when both fighters find each others' off-buttons simultaneously. The example shown above is an all-time classic; even the ref can't believe what he just saw. (See also: Britt vs. Alexander, Lapsley vs. Wetherspoon)
Like a baseball slugger who knows that thing is gone as soon he makes contact, the walk-off knockout is one of MMA's true boss-moves. No need for follow-up shots, no need for referees — just turn and walk away. And the crowd goes wild.
Instead of toppling over like in a falling tree knockout, the lawn-chair-KO victim falls straight down, his legs collapsing underneath him for easy storage. (See also: Nelson vs. Herman, Hamill vs. Munoz)
The Through-The-Ropes Knockout
Since most MMA promotions hold their fights in cages, this is another once-in-a-blue-moon rarity. But whenever you have two guys throwing bombs in a boxing-style ring, there's always the chance that one unlucky bastard will end up hanging out to dry — or tumbling through the ropes altogether. (See also: This through-the-ropes KO, which is nearly a double-knockout as well.)
The Dive-Bomb Knockout.
So your opponent would rather chill out on his back than stand and bang? Fine. Launch an air-to-ground missile at the right moment and bounce his damn head off the canvas. (See also: The Atomic Butt Drop, even if nobody has been able to successfully score a KO with it...yet.)
The Planking Knockout
The Cheap Shot Knockout
As an MMA fighter, you're always told to "protect yourself at all times." But nobody expects to get sucker-punched in the face during the customary pre-fight glove tap, or after a totally-respectful kiss on the lips (see above). The world can be so cruel. Honorable mentions: - The Slinky Knockout (aka The Reverse Cowgirl) - The Innocent Bystander Knockout - The Involuntary Masturbation Knockout
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