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Bloody Elbow 2018 Year-End MMA Awards - Best Knockout

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Make your pick for the 2018 knockout of the year in Bloody Elbow’s Year-End Awards.

MMA: UFC 226-Miocic vs Cormier Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

It’s back!

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 2018. 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 eight 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 the year. This is my personal favorite category, and there were so many ridiculous KOs this year that it’s going to be hard to only pick ten. But I did!

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

Mandel Nallo’s step-in knee KO of Carrington Banks, Bellator 207

Lyoto Machida front kicks Vitor Belfort out of the UFC, UFC 224

Check it out here

Amanda Nunes ices Cris Cyborg, UFC 232

Yair Rodriguez’s insane last-second elbow finish of Chan Sung Jung, UFC Denver

Akhbar Aliev’s spinning wheel kick KO of Magomedsaygid Alibekov, FNG 83 (video via MMA Junkie)

Niko Price stops Randy Smith with hammerfists from the bottom, UFC Boise

Goga Shamtava counters a spinning back elbow with a spinning back elbow finish over Pavel Patushkov, ACB 89

Jessica Andrade one-punch KOs Karolina Kowalkiewicz, UFC 228

Check it out here

Daniel Cormier becomes champ champ with KO of Stipe Miocic, UFC 226

Check it out here

Jose Aldo stops Jeremy Stephens with a body shot, UFC on Fox 30


What was the best MMA knockout of 2018?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Nallo’s step-in knee
    (25 votes)
  • 5%
    Machida’s front kick
    (131 votes)
  • 12%
    Nunes stops Cyborg
    (293 votes)
  • 57%
    Rodriguez’s crazy elbow
    (1338 votes)
  • 1%
    Aliev’s spinning wheel kick
    (42 votes)
  • 5%
    Price’s hammerfists from the bottom
    (133 votes)
  • 2%
    Shamtava’s spinning elbow
    (61 votes)
  • 1%
    Andrade’s one-punch KO
    (31 votes)
  • 6%
    Cormier stops Miocic
    (142 votes)
  • 5%
    Aldo’s body shot
    (124 votes)
2320 votes total Vote Now