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The 15 Greatest Knockouts in ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ History

(No, no, not THAT kind of ultimate fighter.) 

Seven years. Fifteen seasons. The Ultimate Fighter has been a part of our lives for nearly a decade, ladies and gentlemen, and not only is it still going strong, but it has spread at the rate of your average zombie apocalypse. With the first international installment of the hit reality show already under way, TUF has seemingly evolved beyond its counterparts, transcending even that of the sport in it’s ability to excite, and often inspire its audience. Sure, the next season of Jersey Shore will feature a piss drunk pregnant woman and a possible probable cokehead and will therefore rule the ratings from here to eternity, but The Ultimate Fighter has something better to bring to the table than fabricated drama. Mainly, sweet ass knockouts.

Seven years of sweet ass knockouts, to be precise. That’s the entire length of Tommy Callahan’s college career.

With these knockouts, we’ve seen underdogs pull off upsets, loudmouths get their comeuppance, and the emergence of future superstars. So in honor of what has already been a KO-ridden season of TUF, we decided to watch every season back to back, and determine the BEST knockout from its respective season. Enjoy.

Season 15 – James Vick vs. Daron Cruickshank

We imagine many of you would prefer to have Justin Lawrence’s KO of Christiano Marcello snag the top spot for this year’s brief (albeit brutal) list of knockouts. But the simple matter is, James Vick’s sorta-knee-sorta-kick knockout of Daron Cruickshank earns its place for a multitude of reasons, the first being how unexpected it was. Not many of us had picked Vick to come out victorious after seeing how diverse a striking attack Cruickshank showcased in his preliminary match. Add to that the first couple minutes of the fight, which were completely controlled by said diverse striking attack, and Cruickshank seemed all but destined to advance. Then he got cocky, went for a takedown, and was promptly knocked the fuck out.

These are the costs of hubris.

Season 14 – Diego Brandao vs. Jesse Newell

Diego Brandao blew through TUF 14 in more devastating fashion than the monsoon that wrecked the set of Apocalypse Now. The main problem we had when deciding upon last season’s top KO wasn’t figuring out who deserved it, but rather which one of Brandao’s deserved it. Was it his steamrolling of Steve Siler? Or maybe his beatdown of Bryan Caraway? The correct answer was actually his flying forearm KO of that poor albino bastard Jesse Newell in episode 1. Our reasoning; it was eerily reminiscent of Dan Henderson’s “‘Amurica” KO of Michael Bisping at UFC 100, something that opposing coach Jason “Mayhem” Miller couldn’t help but notice himself. And anything that makes us recall perhaps the single most glorious moment in MMA history will always gets its just deserves here at CP.

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RwilsonR- March 29, 2012 at 7:26 am
Best TUF KO not on the list - Tom Lawler vs Dave Kaplan in the bathroom.
RwilsonR- March 29, 2012 at 7:25 am
TK's heart? Gomi's footwork? Chuck's thumbs? "El Indestructo" has all the makings of a Pride-is-so-much-better-than-the-UFC argument on the UG from circa 2003-2004. Seems like the Lesnar part was added in later to help "El Indestructo" evolve with the sport.
ArmFarmer- March 29, 2012 at 6:35 am
Nevermind, I am a stupid asshole. Totally thought the "perfect fighter" and greatest knockouts were two separate articles.. that's what I get for getting 4 hours sleep and posting before my coffee.
ArmFarmer- March 29, 2012 at 6:33 am
@half the posters: This isn't the article you are looking for.. move along.
2Dogs- March 29, 2012 at 4:44 am
I am surprised Bredan Schwab didnt recieve permanant injury after Nelsons head bouncing second slam.
Pete sells Knockout was just insane and should be number one IMO.
Mackenzitine should be number two.
Horse Renoir- March 29, 2012 at 3:08 am
Shogun's extremely limited gas tank? It doesn't matter how perfect the fighter is when he'll be dying by the time he reaches the cage.
Bill-BJJ- March 29, 2012 at 2:56 am
Er guys?

Do we really want a convicted rapists BALLS to be part of our "perfect fighter"?

I know he took a lot of shots to them but they've been part to some pretty horrific shit.
CrazyButNotReally- March 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm
Should have had Wanderlei's eyebrows.
LB_Fargo- March 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm
Why they hell do they have "Fedor's New Bionic Hand" on that picture.. it should be Dan Henderson's H-Bomb and everyone knows it.
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MKO- March 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm
No way Matt Riddle shouldn't have been number one. You could have not shown it, just played the sound to it and it would easily be number one.
"Rampage, what happened? Was it training?"
DangadaDang- March 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm
The KO's were ranked according to season. Otherwise, you bet your ass that would be number one.
FightZen- March 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm
"It took exactly twenty seconds for Swick to land nearly 300,000 punches" So true... can't wait for his return. Some day...
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ZombieRock- March 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm
Gomi uses foot work? I thought he just put his head down and plodded forward. Frankie Edgar's footwork would have made sense.
radiobaby- March 29, 2012 at 1:09 am
I was just about to make this comment. Totally absurd. Obviously made by someone trying to hold onto a pride myth.
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DangadaDang- March 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm
I would just like to comment that 'El Indestructo' bares a striking resemblance to Gabriel Gonzaga. At least in the face.
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