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5 Oz. 2009 MMA Awards: Knockout of the Year

fedor-arlovski-koLadies and gentlemen, it’s time! It has been an extraordinary year of ups and down for all of those involved in

the rapidly growing world of mixed martial arts, but all things must come to an end, and it’s time for to dish out our official year end awards for the crazy year that was 2009.

We’ll be diving headfirst into a series of fifteen end of the year awards, with a new award being distributed every single day through December 31 with a special two part New Years Eve year-end award extravaganza…. bonanza.

In this edition we have FiveOuncesofPain’s top ten most barbaric knockouts of 2009:

1. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski – Affliction: Day of Reckoning

Arlovski made Fedor look mortal and extremely beatable as the heavy handed former UFC heavyweight champion was absolutely picking “The Last Emperor” apart on the feet before Emelianenko leveled the playing field and Andrei all at once with a miracle right hand that sent the towering beast from Belarus sailing to the canvas, face-first in an unconscious heap.

2. Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans – UFC 98

Not only had “Sugar” Rashad never suffered a defeat inside of the Octagon fencing during his career, Evans had never even come close to being knocked out up until his demolition at the hands of the winner…. and new light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida.

3. Brian Bowles vs. Miguel Torres – WEC 42

Torres was widely regarded as one of the top five pound for pound fighters in the world going into this fight and hadn’t suffered a single defeat in close to six years, but all of that came crashing to an end along with Miguel’s reign as the WEC bantamweight champion as Brian Bowles flattened him with a series of sleep inducing right hands.

4. Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping – UFC 100

Bisping showed the world exactly why it’s better to let your fists do the talking as Dan Henderson broke the cocky Brit off with a huge hunk of humble pie in the form of one of the most savage knockouts in the history of man, which was quickly followed up with the coup de grace punch of the year.

5. Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga – UFC 96

It looked like it was all over for Carwin early in the first round after being dropped with a big Gonzaga punch, but somehow the massive heavyweight managed to scrape himself off the canvas and deliver a huge right hand that folded Gonzaga against the cage like a lawn chair. From the brink of defeat at it’s finest right here.

6. Vitor Belfort vs. Matt Lindland – Affliction: Day of Reckoning

Belfort showed exactly how he rolls in the first round of this bout with Lindland when the power punching Brazilian layed out “The Law” with a huge punch before a series of GNP anvils induced the zombie rattle from Lindland’s feet during a few moments that had many scared for the Team Quest fighter’s health.

7. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers - Strikeforce / M-1 Global – Fedor vs. Rogers

One could make the argument that Fedor’s right hand is the hardest single punch in the sport of MMA, as it was this exact weapon that put the feared Russian on this list twice. The shot that exploded against the side of Brett’s head sounded like a watermelon being smacked by a baseball bat.

8. Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson – WEC 41

In easily one of the most jaw-dropping knockouts of this year, Aldo needed all of 8 seconds to run across the cage and blast Swanson with this flying knee of doom that would have made Ong-Bak proud.

9. Brett Rogers vs. Andrei Arlovski – Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields

Unfortunately, Arlovski has the dubious distinction of making this list twice…. for being knocked out. There were few that gave Rogers much of a chance against the far more experienced former UFC champion in this one, let alone anyone that expected for Rogers to turn off Andrei’s light switch at just twenty-two seconds into the mugging.

10. Roy Nelson vs. Brendan Schaub – TUF 10 Finale

“Big Country” couldn’t have picked a better moment to earn the biggest knockout of his career. The right hand that flattened Schaub was seen by literally millions and earned Nelson a long future in the UFC in the process.

Honorable Mentions:

Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz – UFC 96

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Mike Whitehead – Strikeforce: Evolution

Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin – UFC 101

Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller – UFC 103

Scott Smith vs. Cung Le – Strikeforce: Evolution

Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida – UFC 104

Andre Winner vs. Roli Delgado – UFC 105

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Luiz Cane – UFC 106

Ben Saunders vs. Marcus Davis – UFC 106

Gilbert Melendez vs. Rodrigo Damm – Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz

Marius Zaromskis vs. Hayato Sakurai and Jason High – Dream.10: Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round

Dave Herman vs. Jim York – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11

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