There have been plenty of candidates, but what was the best?

Was it Anderson Silva front-kicking Vitor Belfort to retain his middleweight title at UFC 126? Was it Quinton Jackson winning the light heavyweight title with a “Rampge”-like knockout of Chuck Liddell at UFC 71?

How about Lyoto Machida crumpling Rashad Evans at UFC 98, or James Irvin‘s flying knee to Terry Martin at UFC 54?

All contenders, for sure. But many would argue that Gabriel Gonzaga‘s head-kick knockout of Mirko Filipovic at UFC 70 in April 2007 tops them all.

Gonzaga came into the fight with three straight stoppage wins to start his UFC career, and the bout against “Cro Cop” was a title eliminator with the winner moving on to meet then-heavyweight champ Randy Couture.

That Gonzaga knocked out the PRIDE legend would have been good enough. But that he did it in the same fashion that “Cro Cop” made famous was fascinating MMA irony. “Cro Cop,” of course, was best known for his head kicks, moves that spawned the adage, “Right leg hospital, left leg cemetery.” It’s possible that Filipovic never was the same after the Brazilian put him down with nine seconds left in the first round of their fight.

So what do you think? Was Gonzaga’s KO of “Cro Cop” the best knockout in UFC history? Check out the video above, then weigh in for yourself in the comments section.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Relive UFC 206's best fights and finishes with Saturday 2-hour special on FOX

  • 25 days ago
  • 25 views

Just two weeks removed from the show in Toronto, on Saturday, the UFC and FOX will look back at UFC 206 and its interim featherweight title fight headliner, a brilliant head-kick knockout after a bac read news >>

Watch today's weigh-in in dynamic 360 video

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC is making history again as the first professional sport to test out the new live 360 video streaming technology on Periscope via Twitter at the UFC 207: NUNES vs. ROUSEY ceremonial weigh-in event read news >>

Relive Dominick Cruz' UFC 199 Fight Week and Win Over Urijah Faber (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 7 views

Dominick Cruz reviews his win over Urijah Faber at UFC 199 in Los Angeles, California. Cruz attempts to defend his belt against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207. read news >>

Relive Amanda Nunes' Road to the Championship (UFC 207: On the Brink) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 38 views

Go behind the scenes of UFC 200 before and after Amanda Nunes' victory over Miesha Tate to claim the bantamweight championship. read news >>

MMA Bold Predictions for 2017: What's Next for Rousey, McGregor, Jones & UFC?

  • 7 days ago
  • 8 views

Count 2016 as a pivotal year in UFC history. For starters, longtime majority owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta sold the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion to WME-IMG for an eye-popping $4.2 read news >>

What was the greatest win of B.J. Penn's UFC Hall of Fame career?

  • 4 days ago
  • 10 views

B.J. Penn, one of the biggest names in MMA history, returns to the cage on Sunday. As we get ready for the return, let’s look back at his impressive career so far.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Video: Watch Aleksei Oleinik tap Viktor Pesta with first Ezekiel choke in UFC history

  • a day ago
  • 43 views

If you were watching UFC Fight Night 103 instead of the Steelers-Chiefs playoff game, you got to see some history. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 103 results: Aleksei Oleinik stuns Viktor Pesta with first Ezekiel choke in UFC history

  • a day ago
  • 9 views

PHOENIX – When Viktor Pesta shrugged off Oleksiy Oleinik’s best submission and manhandled him to mount, it looked like an easy night’s work was ahead. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Relive the UFC's best trash-talking moments of 2016 – think Conor McGregor's in there?

  • 21 days ago
  • 46 views

From “Who the (expletive) is that guy?” to “Where is Jose Waldo?” and many others, 2016 was a year where skills on the microphone became just as important to success in MMA as anything else.Filed und read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Has Accepted UFC 209 Bout | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 365 views

Top UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov has agreed to fight at UFC 209. read news >>