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Bloody Elbow 2016 Year-End Awards - Best Knockout

Make your pick for the best MMA knockout of 2016 in Bloody Elbow's Year-End Awards.

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Over the next few days, Bloody Elbow is going to ask for your opinion on some of the best things that have happened in the MMA world over the course of 2016. There will be a total of eight different categories you'll be asked to vote on. For the sake of simplicity we're going to stick with high-level and relevant MMA stuff in these posts. While I'm sure there was a ludicrous knockout in an unscheduled MMA event at The Lumberyard strip club in Des Moines, or an insane pancreas lock submission on an obscure ZST! card in Japan, let's just stick to stuff a lot of us have seen, okay? (If that spiel looked familiar, it's because I've used the same one for six years in a row. Originality? What originality?)

It's pretty simple. I'll post 5-10 options in a category, you vote for what you think was the best. If you think I left something really important off my list, post it in the comments and we can add it to the poll if it's deemed worthy. I can almost guarantee you won't like all my suggestions, but narrowing down these lists is tough.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get onto the seventh poll - the best knockout of 2016. There were all sorts of crazy KOs this year, and this might be the toughest one to pick candidates for. But here they are.

Before that though, if you haven't yet, go back and vote on the first six categories - Best Submission, Biggest Robbery, Biggest Upset, Newcomer of the Year, Event of the Year, and Best Fighter.

Donald Cerrone's video game combo stops Rick Story, UFC 202 - Straight left to the head. Right hook to the body. Straight left the chin as Story retreats and leans to his left. Then the capper - a flush right head kick that sends Story staggering to the fence. A couple of follow-ups and it was over. Wizardry. Pure wizardry.

Dan Henderson stuns Hector Lombard with a back elbow and punches, UFC 199 - Knockouts don't get much cooler than that, especially when you're a senior citizen. You get your leg scooped after you hurt a guy? Who cares, just club him with a back elbow. When he goes down, drop a Bisping Bomb on him. End of story.

Lando Vannata sleeps John Makdessi with a spinning hook kick, UFC 206 - This was just masterful. The kick connected perfectly, with no follow-up needed. Makdessi was out cold.

Michael Bisping stops Luke Rockhold with punches, UFC 199 - The ultimate underdog knockout. Bisping dropped Rockhold with a left, and when he got up, he went back to the well with it. Guess what? Rockhold went down again, and The Count was one of the most unlikely champs in UFC history.

Yoel Romero's flying knee KO of Chris Weidman, UFC 205 - This one was just scary. In the third round, Romero jumped and cracked Weidman with a huge flying knee out of nowhere, opening up a huge cut and ending Weidman's night in a flash.

Stephen Thompson stops Johny Hendricks with a spinning back kick and punches, UFN 82 - I can't even remember Hendricks ever being seriously hurt in a fight before, but Thompson's mastery of distance had the former champ thoroughly confused. When Thompson opened up against the cage, Hendricks had no answer. A spinning back kick and follow-up punches gave Wonderboy the biggest win of his career (at that time).

Michael Page's flying knee cracks Evangelista Santos' skull, Bellator 158 - Seriously. He cracked his skull. Cyborg stepped in to throw a punch and Page just jumped straight at him, putting him down with a single knee.

Anthony Johnson's uppercut KO of Glover Teixeira, UFC 202 - Glover hadn't been stopped since the first fight of his career 14 years ago. Rumble put him down with one absolutely massive uppercut. Johnson has earth-shattering power in his hands, and this was just another example.

Yair Rodriguez ends Andre Fili with a head kick, UFC 197 - We've got some Karate Kid stuff in aisle 3. Karate Kid, aisle 3. El Pantera earned a headliner spot with this sick KO of a Team Alpha Male prospect.

Donald Cerrone clubs Matt Brown with a head kick, UFC 206 - Cerrone's second one on the list. Brown is well-known for his resilience. But Cerrone's perfect head kick early in the third round sent him to the mat in a heap, completely unconscious.

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