In Rogan’s words, “criticism was silenced” when Velasquez knocked Nogueira out Sydney. Prior to the pairing Velasquez had looked sharp but more like a grinder than a true finisher. However, his mashing of “Minotauro” proved otherwise, coming at just 2:20 of the first frame. With more than a foot of height on Hunt, the “Skyscraper” truly lived up to his nickname by towering over the stocky scrapper in their showdown. However, as they say, the bigger things are the harder they fall, and the seven-foot Struve went down in a heap after getting clipped in the third round of an entertaining effort. The blow Hunt landed was so severe it even broke Struve’s jaw. Rogan couldn’t say it much better than he did by labeling Carwin’s finish of Mir as the result of an “absolute beating”. In the clash, Carwin unloaded short uppercuts on Mir, scrambling his brain, before sealing the deal by blasting him in the face a few times against the fence and eventually on the ground. It didn’t even take a full round for Carwin to render Mir into a puddle of goo in a bout also serving as the last victory of his career. “Bigfoot” used his hands to destroy Dutchman when the rivals rumbled over Super Bowl Weekend earlier this year. Though Silva has plenty of finishes in the first five minutes to his credit, he didn’t unleash his onslaught against Overeem until early in the third round after “The Demolition Man” started to show signs of fatigue. Silva quickly attacked, teeing off on Overeem after backing him up against the fence, and took hold of a title-shot initially meant for his opponent. It’s no surprise that Overeem’s name landed on this list twice, but it might shock some that neither involves an instance of victory based on his past stand-up success. However, the 33-year old kickboxer has been on the wrong end of some spectacular stoppages such as the one Browne delivered on FOX Sports 1. “Hapa” set up the finishing sequence with a beautifully timed front kick to Overeem’s chin. The force sent Overeem to the ground, opening the door for Browne to swarm him with some hammerfists and score the victory. Arguably the biggest heavyweight title-fight in UFC history, Dos Santos and Velasquez helped usher in the FOX era with a short but sweet showdown a little more than two years ago. Many felt Velasquez would immediately shoot for a takedown in order to avoid Dos Santos’ striking but instead stood with him. The decision proved to be a costly one, as “Cigano” ended things with an overhand shot behind Velasquez’s ear a minute into the match-up. Dos Santos showed he had more than just hands when he battled Hunt on the heels of losing the divisional gold to Cain Velasquez. After tenderizing Hunt for nearly three full rounds, Dos Santos dug deep and delivered a spinning kick grazing the granite-jawed Kiwi’s head. The strike wasn’t flush but had enough force to put Hunt down and out. Gonzaga’s win over “Cro Cop” is the oldest bout on Rogan’s list but, truly, classics never die. At the time, Filipovic was on a five-fight winning streak and feared for his high kicks, while Gonzaga was on a nice run of his own but not necessarily seen as an adversary on Flipovic’s level. Amazingly, the BJJ specialist ended up out-striking Filipovic, sending the Croatian icon crashing down to the canvas with less than ten ticks remaining in the opening round of action. The knockout was one of the most violent in UFC history, leaving Filipovic’s knee twisted behind him, and particularly remarkable in that Gonzaga took the PRIDE star out with his own weapon.
With four Top 10 heavyweights on tap, as well as another bout featuring two of the division’s highly-touted players, it’s clear the lineup for
is as dreamy as it gets for fans of the sport’s big boys. Specifically, champion UFC 166 is scheduled to defend his title against Cain Velasquez at the show, while Junior dos Santos Roy Nelson-Daniel Cormier and Shawn Jordan-Gabriel Gonzaga will also take to the Octagon in hopes of entertaining fans and exiting the effort victorious. With the event less than a week away, longtime UFC commentator recently gave his thoughts on the best knockouts in the company’s history and not surprisingly most of the aforementioned heavyweights made the cut based on past performances including one holding the list’s top spot. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images) Joe Rogan