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The 9 Kinds of Knockouts You See in MMA Fights

(#10: The failed troll-attempt knockout. / Photo via Getty)

By BG, cross-posted from

All knockouts are basically the same — a fighter gets his brain turned off and then gravity takes over. But when you’ve been watching MMA as long as we have, you begin to notice patterns. So here’s a guide to nine notable sub-species of KO, ranging from frighteningly violent to kind of hilarious. Enjoy, and let us know if we’ve left out any of your favorites…

The First-Punch Knockout

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. When you end a fight with the first punch you throw, it either means you’re a total badass, or you had a little help from your opponent. (See also: The First-Kick Knockout)

The Falling Tree Knockout

The knockout-victim stiffens up on his feet and falls to earth as slowly and deliberately as a mighty redwood. Bonus points if you can punch the guy a few more times on the way down. (See also: Barboza vs. Etim, Mercer vs. Sylvia)

To see the rest of the list — including the lawn-chair KO, the dive-bomb KO, and the cheap-shot KO — click here to continue reading this post on!

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