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MMA Video Tribute: Anderson Silva’s 10 Greatest Knockouts

#5: Anderson Silva vs. Carlos Newton
PRIDE 25, 3/16/03

Flying knees are great and everything. But it’s the post-fight Michael Jackson impersonation leading directly into the handshake/hug that makes this one legendary. Watch the full fight here.

#4: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Leben
UFC Fight Night 5, 6/28/06

See also: The 10 Worst Mismatches in MMA History

#3: Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin 1
UFC 64, 10/14/06

Silva’s arrival as a UFC champion, and one of the sport’s most dramatic changing-of-the-guard moments. Franklin had been a wrecking machine for over two years, and Silva went through him like he was Chris Leben.

#2: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
UFC 126, 2/5/11

Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort Full Fight knockout from llll aaa on Vimeo.

What did we learn, kids? Anderson Silva is a ninja/Jedi hybrid, trained by Immortals.

#1: Anderson Silva vs. Tony Fryklund
Cage Rage 16, 4/22/06

As Anderson explains in Mixed Martial Arts Instruction Manual: Striking, you can thank Silva’s wife and Tony Jaa for this one:

Not long before my Cage Rage fight with Tony Frykland, I saw the movie Ong Bak. Tony Jaa, the martial arts hero in the movie is a master at Muay Boran, an art I have always been interested in. There was one move in particular he did that blew me away. Instead of attacking with a side elbow or an over-the-top elbow, both of which are common in Muay Thai, Jaa stepped toward one of the villains and threw a lead reverse back elbow. I was so enamored with the move I went to my trainers and told them that I was going to use the strike in my next fight to knock out my opponent. Immediately they shut the idea down. “That won’t work,” they said. “Just forget about that elbow.” I wasn’t convinced but every time I tried to practice the move during training, the could come run over and tell me to focus on techniques that would actually work.

I still wasn’t convinced, so one night I went home and asked my wife to stand on the couch and hold out her hand. I executed a lead reverse back elbow into her palm, and she told me what I already knew — it was a very painful strike. To get in the practice I needed, I had her stand on the couch every evening after my official training — this time holding a pillow — and I would do one hundred reverse back elbows. By the time the Frykland fight came around, I felt very confident. Unfortunately, backstage I couldn’t sneak off with my wife to warm up on a pillow, so I had one of my training partners hold out a mitt so I could squeeze in a few more lead reverse back elbows. Again my trainers told me to forget that move. I figured I had no other choice but to prove them wrong, so two minutes into my fight with Frykland, I stepped toward him, threw a lead reverse back elbow at his chin, and knocked him out.”

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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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