Barry packs power in all four of his limbs thanks to his kickboxing background. He can flatten foes with his feet or simply throw shots supported by his stocky build. Unfortunately, his size and aggression have also worked against him, resulting in Barry’s lights being turned out upon occasion as well. Regardless, Barry can chop trees with his kicks, and you’d be hard pressed to find any peer interested in eating one of them. The shredded 6’5” Dutchman has been on the wrong end of a knockout in his last two tilts but Overeem can definitely deliver the goods as well. He’s got vicious kicks and looping hooks laced with chloroform. Expect Overeem to return to his fearsome former self when he faces Frank Mir in February, delivering a highlight reel finish likely coming in the opening round of action. Hunt could arguably be #1 on this list, though he has to load up to lay opponents out rather than simply brush their chins. However, when “The Super Samoan” uncorks a strike you better believe consciousness is in jeopardy. He’s flattened plenty of foes in the Octagon, as well as outside of the organization, and is a “must see” fighter based on his potential for putting out an adversary’s lights regardless of rumble. Nelson has six wins in the Octagon and all have come by way of knockout. Also notable, five of Nelson’s victories have come in the fight’s first frame. When you’re batting 1.000 in terms of TKOs on the sport’s biggest stage it’s pretty clear you’re among the elite evening-enders. Dos Santos’ last three wins have all involved a knockout including a Spinning Heel Kick finish of Mark Hunt in his most recent match-up. He’s also got a 64-second stoppage of Cain Velasquez in the bunch as well. “Cigano” can smoke opponents with his kickboxing if need be but he truly excels when it comes to the sweet science. His boxing is powerful, precise, and one of the most dangerous weapons in the division.
UFC heavyweight division is forefront at this weekend’s upcoming effort in Houston thanks to a headlining bout between champ and Cain Velasquez as well as featured fights involving Junior dos Santos Shawn Jordan-Gabriel Gonzaga and Daniel Cormier-Roy Nelson. While all six scrappers have strike-based stoppages to their credit, only two can be considered knockout artists, joining a core group of competitors packing cement in each glove. Some are one-dimensional, some are well-rounded, but all are among the UFC’s hardest hitting heavyweights. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images) UFC 166