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MMA Video Tribute: Anderson Silva’s 10 Greatest Knockouts


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This Saturday, MMA’s greatest knockout artist returns against Yushin Okami in a rematch at UFC 134and I stress the word “artist.” Anderson Silva inflicts punishment on his opponents in ways that transcend combat sports, opening our eyes to the enormity of human possibility and the deeper meanings of the universe. In honor of his next fight, we decided to rank our ten favorite Anderson Silva knockouts of all time. Enjoy, and let us know your personal favorite in the comments section…

#10: Anderson Silva vs. Jorge Rivera
Cage Rage 11, 4/30/05

Silva’s first Cage Rage middleweight title defense — after outpointing Lee Murray for the belt the previous year — ended in a storm of knees. This would become a common theme in his subsequent UFC career.

#9: Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin
UFC Fight Night 14, 7/19/08

As Silva’s first light-heavyweight opponent in the UFC, Irvin promised to stand in front of the Spider and “take one to give one.” Well, he took one alright. Watch the full fight here.

#8: Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin 2
UFC 77, 10/20/07

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Franklin managed to survive the first round in their rematch, but the TKO finish was eerily similar to their first meeting. With his fifth-consecutive stoppage in the UFC and second-straight title defense, Anderson Silva had officially entered the “unstoppable” phase of his career.

#7: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
Rumble on the Rock 8, 1/20/06

Yeah, I know, it was technically a disqualification loss. That shouldn’t take away from the fact that Silva knocked Okami out with an axe kick from his back. Sorry, unified rules.

#6: Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin
UFC 101, 8/8/09

We’ll let Forrest tell it himself: “I tried to punch him and he literally moved his head out of the way and looked at me like I was stupid for doing it. He looked at me like, ‘Why would you do such a stupid thing?’ He looked at me like, ‘Oh, did you really think you were going to hit me? What a stupid thing to think you slow, slow white boy,’ and then he punched me. I felt embarrassed for even trying to punch him. I felt like some kid trying to wrestle with his dad.”

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j-k-martin- August 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Why can't he just fight GSP and get it over with?
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madcowboy- August 26, 2011 at 7:24 am
Hesh great point....
madcowboy- August 26, 2011 at 7:23 am
great post for all the silva haters to educate themselves and just maybe appreciate the skill level needed to make really good proven fighers look like unranked amateurs.How many current UFC fighters have done this at anytime for so long? Ya its a really really short list... Spiders Matrix type KO domination of Forrest a top 10 former champ and legit fighter is amazing and should be in the top 3 KO of his all time. He is exciting to watch most of the time and the sad part is he may have only 2 or 3 fights left before he wants to retire.
Mir please break Brocks neck- August 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm
The Tony Fryklund KO was CLEARLY the most creative strike EVER! The Vitor front kick was bada$$ too!!! If Anderson cant practice the elbow strike with his wife, he 'could' just practice on either of the Fertitta's vaginas. Those boys are disgraces to Italians everywhere. Classless duche-bags.

Isnt Tito fighting Kimo again? Juss kiddin'....

Frank Mir for president!!!
Hesh to Steel- August 24, 2011 at 9:31 am
The Griffin KO will always be his most impressive to me. Larger opponent who didn't fight scared, and Silvia actually went for the finish as opposed to clowning around like he did with maia and leites. To crumple a guy like Forest with a jab while backpedaling is next to impossible at that level of competition.
2Dogs- August 24, 2011 at 7:27 am
Wow, great post cp! Good read/view...excellent!
I find it ironic that Forrest Griffin was in (imo) the best fight in ufc history and also the most humiliating beat downs as well as someone up there previously posted...
I love forrest and I hated to see that happen, but thats the dice eh?
2DaDeath- August 24, 2011 at 12:07 am
Nice post!

Too bad his first fight against Okami was a DQ, cuz he kicked the shit out of Okami. And yes, I mean literally.
Nut Puncher 9000- August 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm
"A FRONT KICK TO THE FACE!"
Todd M- August 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm
I was screaming at the neighbours when Silva turned Belforts lights out but i've always loved the way he finished Franklin in their second fight. The way he broke down the bigger Rich in the clinch is awesome and the technique in his combinations is so creative, he throws a leg kick in the final combination that puts Rich away. GOAT
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DangadaDang- August 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm
I gotta agree with the Fryklund KO, although I can see people saying the Belfort KO was better since it was against a way better fighter.
k-onda- August 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm
That Griffin working-over has to be the most humiliating beat down in legit MMA history.
The_Dead_Cow- August 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm
His absolute best finish was against Ryo Chonan, none of these even come close. Oh, enough with the GOAT statements. Y'all seen what happened to Fedor, ok good talk.
2wrongs- August 23, 2011 at 10:17 am
My favourite knockout is the one against Demian Maia.
jimbonics- August 23, 2011 at 10:15 am
Fuck! That elbow was naaaasty.
Koeikan- August 23, 2011 at 10:06 am
There no way the Forest knockout should outside the top 3. I would go:

Belfort
Forest
Frynklund

...but I think as long as those are in the top 3, the order doesn't really matter.
mDino- August 23, 2011 at 9:59 am
that MJ dance into a handshake was jokes! silva is great at mimicking people
Kid Clam Curtains- August 23, 2011 at 9:59 am
Great post. What's funny is GSP's besk KO (Matt Hughes?) wouldn't even crack anderson's top 10. Wait, maybe the Jay Heiron KO would but still...
TheWarsawExpress- August 23, 2011 at 9:22 am
What makes Anderson so awesome is his ability to just dominate people and inflict pain before ultimately knocking them out. He owns all of these guys before he puts them down. No one else has a highlight reel like this. No one.
PERPATRAITOR- August 23, 2011 at 9:21 am
I loved watching him fight Chael in the heart of Oregon. Talk about let the wind out of a crowd. It was a bit awkward when I jumped out of my chair in celebration all by myself.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 23, 2011 at 9:17 am
The Tony Fryklund had to be my favorite.. It's awesome that Lee Murray went the distance with the spider it really says a lot about the guy as a fighter.
Phizix- August 23, 2011 at 9:05 am
Savage
YouDunGoofed- August 23, 2011 at 9:04 am
That KO against Tony Fryklund and Silva walking off like a pimp , is the true essence of GOAT
TehBeej- August 23, 2011 at 8:51 am
The forest griffin KO was the best. Hands down
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