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Knockout of the Year: Lyoto Machida Retires Randy Couture Via Crane Kick [GIF]


All praise be to Master Steven Seagal. Or Ralph Macchio. One of the two. Lyoto Machida‘s incredible jumping front-kick KO of Randy Couture at UFC 129 netted him the event’s Knockout of the Night bonus, which came out to a whopping $129,000. (See what Dana did there?) The UFC can certainly afford it, since UFC 129′s gate revenue was reportedly $12.075 million.

Also picking up $129k bonuses: Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick (Fight of the Night) for their epic five-round featherweight title bout, and Pablo Garza for his flying triangle over Yves Jabouin in the first preliminary match.

Another look at the Machida/Couture KO is after the jump. Gifs via The Destroyer88.

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dranokills- May 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm
Dagnut Says:

Tue, 05/03/11 - 04:38

@ Dranokills….”I have hated Randy since his bullshit lawsuit he pulled against the UFC back several years ago.”

What do you care? You hated him because of business? Business that was eventually ironed out?
That’s pretty strange.
It wasn't "worked out" he was in the wrong and the judge dismissed his claim and ruled against him putting UFC's boot in Randy's throat he had no fucking choice but to come back and play nice, when all he had to do was play nice from the beginning, and every bad thing that happened to him was his own fucking fault. it wasn't business, it was Randy Coutures ego and his stupid nuthanging fan base blowing him daily about what a GOD he was of MMA, when in reality he was being paid more than he was worth to be part of the FACE of UFC.
sp what do i care? I care cause I hate a fucking thief, a liar, and bullshit overblown full of hot air asshole Randy CUNToure.
nothing strange about that dude.
cokeburglar- May 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm
@Ric Flair Have you seen Machida's fights with Rashad and Thiago Silva? He would have finished Rampage too if main events were 5 rounds like they should be. Don't know why UFC dismissed him down the card while continually moving Rashad, Rampage, Phil Davis, & Bones towards the titles when none of them have been able to or had to go through (in Bones case - wins over Bader & Matt Hamill should not propel you to a title shot).

Jake Shields IS the real snorefest fighter. Hopefully Dana learned his lesson after overhyping Shields, makes goodwill with the fans, and Shields will be relegated to co-headling fight nights now, where he should be.

Notice the announcers were backing off of his supposed "destruction of Dan Henderson", which was a boring decision win at best? How does a split decision win over Martin Kampmann (which I think Kampmann should have won) propel you to a title shot & main event spot in from of UFC's biggest crowd ever and with their most popular athlete?

People can say boring all they want about Machida, but at least someone wins or loses in his fights. Shields is the TRUE most boring, non-aggressive fighter and it especially shows when he fights stiffer competition.
Dagnut- May 3, 2011 at 4:38 am
@ Dranokills...."I have hated Randy since his bullshit lawsuit he pulled against the UFC back several years ago."

What do you care? You hated him because of business? Business that was eventually ironed out?
That's pretty strange.
Ric Flair- May 2, 2011 at 4:11 am
fuck that, Machida is ALWAYS to be written off... he fuckin blows! He karate kicked an old man in the face, big deal. Feed Machida to Shogun again and watch what happens!!

On a side note, my 1 prediction came VERY true... that retard Benson Henderson tried pulling his Christ shit in Canada... and like I said it would be, the Canadian reaction to "CAN I GET AN AMEN?!!?" was ..... silence!!! crickets baby! we don't fall for that shit up here! it takes more than some christ talk and a couple chants of our country's name to win us over as fans. fuck benson henderson, go take a science class pal
KidDinomite- May 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm
It's interesting that a lot of you guys are now sucking Machida's balls when not even a year ago you wrote him off completely. Lesson of the day: Never write this guy off.
LOKI- May 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm
That headline and the thing of it; is the single most gratifying experience I have ever had in all the years I have been watching combat sports.
Bootylam- May 1, 2011 at 11:35 am
RE: Couture. Told you so. Out.
irish brawler- May 1, 2011 at 10:39 am
i think shields was just nervous. he didnt try to take him down at all. but on the bright side, thats the best his stand up has ever looked
RSparrow- May 1, 2011 at 10:18 am
Why hasn't anyone commented on how shitty Jake Sheildzz performance was? What in the fuck was this guy thinking... it really looked like a sparring session in there. He did absolutely nothing to try and finish the fight, I don't even remember him shooting once. This guy is a joke, the most boring fighter in the UFC, and I could care less if I ever see this dude fight again. What a fucking joke. JOKE.
PauliostheGreat- May 1, 2011 at 9:50 am
Pretty soon we will see Chuck Norris in someones corner. That fight would be over before it started.

Chuck Norris once walked down the street with an erection...there were no survivors.
DangadaDang- May 1, 2011 at 8:31 am
Whilst streaming this PPV it got so choppy that I was under the impression Machida did this in the very first second of the first round. Still insane though.
LOKI- May 1, 2011 at 8:31 am
And all is right with the world.
DARKHORSE06- May 1, 2011 at 7:44 am
I thought the card was awesome. Rory M and Nate Diaz was awesome. I loved watching Nate get thrown around like a rag doll. Jason Brilz getting KTFO by the Janitor was awesome. Lyoto M. crane kicking the fuck out of Randy was awesome. GSD and Jake Shields was an entertaining fight as well. Seeing GSP busted up is always entertaining because there is always the underlying worry he'll just implode out there. Great card! AND the fact that DW let that random fan place the belt around GSP was an excellent punctuation on a perfect card.
Miradotheblack- May 1, 2011 at 7:42 am
I can only think of Steven Seagal as how Will Sasso portrayed him. *You are no match for my face to foot style.*
skeletortoise- May 1, 2011 at 7:28 am
Get him a body bag, Johnny!
dranokills- May 1, 2011 at 7:26 am
Dagnut Says:

Sun, 05/01/11 - 03:34

@Dranokills…you really are a bitter little man aren’t you?
I am neither bitter nor little. whats wrong dagnut have I offended you? I am just getting my happy on, why do you have to try and blow it up? You like captain dildo? that is your call, but my dislike has been stated and why, and no it is time for me to gloat about his knock out. it's my right.......and if you still can't dig I have a bag of dick with your name on em for the next conversation we have.
now on with the happy...wooooohooooo good morning what a great fucking morning knowing that randy is no longer in MMA, happy day, happy crane kick day....yeah that is what we should call this day like labor day, or christmas.....happy crane kick day!
irish brawler- May 1, 2011 at 7:01 am
and more importantly, what does the world look like through segals creepy tinted glasses?
irish brawler- May 1, 2011 at 7:00 am
i wouldnt say fight of the year but it was a really good fight. why does segal think he invented the snap kick?
Pen Fifteen- May 1, 2011 at 6:42 am
On what planet was Aldo-Hominick a fight of the year candidate? Aldo dominated the the first four rounds, and if you actually thought Hominick was going to finish him in the fifth, you're a fucking retard.
coldbeer78- May 1, 2011 at 5:49 am
God damnit... I log in and see the same exact fucking comments that I would have made, but RwilsonR always gets it first. My schedule seems to prevent me from being original as my first thought to this fight was "if do right, no can defense".
RwilsonR is a fucking comedic genius with great/better timing. By the way, off the topic, Karma is a little uneducated cocksucker....
RearNakedSpoon- May 1, 2011 at 5:46 am
Someone needs to start doing Andy Hug style axe kick KO's.
bardamu- May 1, 2011 at 5:43 am

there CP an upgraded version of your precedent UFC129 image.

Don't thank me my pleasure!
bardamu- May 1, 2011 at 5:18 am
Damn even after the Silva kick i could still make fun of Steven Seagal...

Now i am forced to aknowledge him as a true martial master lol.

@ submission_via_nutsack_choke

Yeah CP make that T-shirt damnit it's almost as good as the Nick Diaz school photo.
Dagnut- May 1, 2011 at 3:34 am really are a bitter little man aren't you?
snakey- May 1, 2011 at 3:18 am
Both completely sick kicks. My main reason for the preference to Silva was how nonchalant he made it look.
I rewatched the interview, and Randys comment backs up what you're saying about the tooth...ouch.
This was a quality card.

Also agree, Diaz vs GSP makes sense. And bring back Daley - all is forgiven.