Sometimes a fighter connects with his opponent so perfectly that he can confidently peace out to collect his check before the ref even stops the fight. It’s called a walk-off knockout, and it’s what all other knockouts aspire to be. Here, presented with limited commentary, are our favorites.
#8: Brad Kohler vs. Steve Judson @ UFC 22 (9/24/99)
#7: James Irvin vs. Terry Martin @ UFC 54 (8/20/05)
See also: Irvin vs. Ramirez, which would have been a walk-off if Yamasaki had his shit together.
#6: Charles Bennett vs. Yoshiro Maeda @ PRIDE Bushido 7 (5/22/05)
More of a "jump in the air, then fly directly out of the ring" knockout, but close enough.
#5: Anderson Silva vs. Tony Fryklund @ Cage Rage 16 (4/22/06)
#4: Spencer Fisher vs. Matt Wiman @ UFC 60 (5/27/06)
Similar to Irvin/Martin, but Fisher goes ass-over-teakettle with the force of his flying knee.
#3: Rory Markham vs. Brodie Farber @ UFC Silva vs. Irvin (7/19/08)
One of the nastiest head-kick KOs this side of Mirko Cro Cop. The fact that Markham was getting lit up at the time yet had the self-control to walk away after starching Farber is what makes this one truly legendary.
#2: Joachim Hansen vs. Mazakazu Imanari @ PRIDE Bushido 8 (7/17/05)
Hansen is one of the all-time kings of the walk-off. If you scroll back a bit to 3:32-ish, you’ll see him do something nearly identical to Caol Uno.
#1: Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson @ PRIDE 28 (10/31/04)
One of the greatest "did he died?" moments in MMA history, right up there with Abbott/Nelmark. For a higher-quality (though unfortunately unembeddable) version, click here.