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MMA Video Tribute: 9 ‘Falling Tree’ Knockouts

(Igor Vovchanchyn vs. Francisco Bueno @ PRIDE 8, 11/21/99. Josh Barnett makes the tree-analogy at the 0:41 mark.)

Edson Barboza‘s spinning heel-kick knockout of Terry Etim at UFC 142 wasn’t just an instant-classic because of the technique itself — it was also unforgettable because of the devastating effect it had on Etim, who stiffened up and toppled straight to the mat in slow motion like a felled spruce. The “falling tree” knockout is a rare, brutal moment in combat sports that always gets a rise out of fans. Here are nine of our favorite examples from MMA fights, in no particular order.

(Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim @ UFC 142, 1/14/12)

(Ray Mercer vs. Tim Sylvia @ Adrenaline MMA 3: Bragging Rights, 6/13/09)

(Rory Markham vs. Brodie Farber @ UFC Fight Night 14, 7/19/08)

(Hayato Sakurai vs. Olaf Alfonso @ PRIDE Bushido Survival 2006, 6/4/06)

(Rashad Evans vs. Sean Salmon @ UFC Fight Night 8, 1/25/07)

(Brad Kohler vs. Steve Judson @ UFC 22, 9/24/99)

(Dan Hornbuckle vs. Akihiro Gono @ Sengoku 9, 8/2/09)

(Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Ricardo Morais @ PRIDE Bushido 6, 4/3/05)

(Honorable mention: Buakaw Por Pramuk vs. actual tree)

Did we leave out any good ones? Let us know in the comments section…

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ijustshtmypants- October 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm
Buakaw Por Pramuk sounds alot like Arnold after sucking helium.
Bighurt- February 12, 2012 at 8:07 am
What about joe riggs vs diego sanchez?........that was a monster ko......i thought riggs was dead :O
phantom151- January 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm
The TRee FTW
Xanderschultz- January 19, 2012 at 2:11 am
Hornbuckle looks like he's going through it emotionally after he knocked out Gono. Almost like he was expecting to get his ass kicked that fight and was blown away that he actually won. Probably not what was really on his mind, but if I was narrating that facial expression it would be "Is it really over?!"
Todd M- January 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Oh yeah Olaf, I remember that guy.
RB- January 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm
That Aleks fight always is a kick to watch; his hands are smokin' fast there.
XENOPHON- January 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm
@Piznti Says:
Can't the UFC move Goldie over to back up Mauro Ranallo and find someone more energy laden that can keep up with Rogan?
I know most everyone dislikes Mauro Ranallo but I like the guy. Maybe even better would be to bring Mauro Ranallo over to get clowned on by Rogan...
....and then find someone to do the say to Goldie at Strike Force. Could give that Ugly Peruvian a shot at it, but someone like Bas Rutten would be a good choice.
Piznti- January 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Fedor vs Arlovski
@Xeno - i loled at "a porpoise" Face plant is good, but i wish they would call it the porpoise knockout. goldberg: "its all over!!! the greatest porpoise knockout in ufc history!!!" haha
XENOPHON- January 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm
....that being, Bas- referencing the double head kicks.
XENOPHON- January 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm
Seems logical. A draw. In the second video, I think Herb Dean had to take more than one double take. Wonder if the references to the fights in Holland that Bas talked about are on tape anywhere?
CrushCo- January 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm
@XENO: It was ruled a 'no contest'. There was another double knock out and I want to say it was just a week or two removed from the one I linked. Here it is-
The12ozCurls- January 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm
@ kangerpang

Just checked

** Palm Tree (-550)
** Keith Jardine (+425)
kangerpang- January 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm
Palm Tree vs Keith Jardine for the next SF card.
XENOPHON- January 18, 2012 at 11:54 am
Coleman - who was declared the winner?
How does that work?
XENOPHON- January 18, 2012 at 11:48 am
@GRIPsports - think that was called "a porpoise."
or a good old fashioned face plant.
Proffanno- January 18, 2012 at 10:39 am
Silva x Sakuraba III?
Chonde- January 18, 2012 at 10:08 am
Diaz vs Lawler
GRIPsports- January 18, 2012 at 9:27 am
Newman vs Tredowski on Cagewarriors
The12ozCurls- January 18, 2012 at 9:22 am
And for all of these reasons, I keep my ass firmly planted on the couch and watch the action as a spectator. A couple of those guys lost some serious brain cells from those clobberings. Thank you for this epic collection and it almost makes me forgive CP for the weird yoga girl. . . . Almost.
ReX13- January 18, 2012 at 8:45 am
Schrute Box >> i think that Lindland would be under the "MMA Fainting Goats" knockouts. (Also featuring Andre Arlovski, Chuck Liddell, and Todd Duffee.)
DangadaDang- January 18, 2012 at 8:36 am
So, if one of these knockouts happens in the woods and no one is around to hear it, did it really happen?
Get Off Me- January 18, 2012 at 8:34 am
If were moving into the Indy's there's this one:

Aurelio v Marshall
Schrute Boxe- January 18, 2012 at 8:29 am
I'm surprised Matt Lindland isn't on here a few times
WARBONG- January 18, 2012 at 8:28 am
Diaz KO Lawler?

altough the Lawler tree got back up...kinda, lol.