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Bloody Elbow 2021 Half-Year Awards - Best Knockout

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Make your pick for the best knockout of the first half of 2021 in Bloody Elbow’s Half-Year Awards.

UFC 261: Usman v Masvidal 2 Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images

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 first half of 2021. With these being half-year awards, there will be an abbreviated number of categories - four to be exact.

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 nine years in a row. Originality? What originality?)

It’s pretty simple. I’ll post 5 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.

Our second category is Best Knockout. There were some doozies so far this here, but here five of the best to choose from. You can also still vote on the first category, Best Submission.

Kamaru Usman KOs Jorge Masvidal, UFC 261

Jiri Prochazka’s spinning elbow on Dominick Reyes, UFC Vegas 25

Cory Sandhagen’s perfect knee on Frankie Edgar, UFC Vegas 18

Rose Namajunas head kicks and finishes Weili Zhang, UFC 261

Edson Barboza delay KOs Shane Burgos, UFC 262


What was the best MMA knockout from the first half of 2021?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Usman on Gambred
    (104 votes)
  • 26%
    Prochazka on Reyes
    (120 votes)
  • 23%
    Sandhagen on Edgar
    (105 votes)
  • 23%
    Thug Rose on Weili
    (104 votes)
  • 2%
    Barboza on Burgos
    (13 votes)
446 votes total Vote Now