Ironically, the shorter the fight due to a knockout, the greater the value for ticket money when it comes to UFC knockouts.
It’s pretty amazing to watch a fight conclude after a few short seconds.
The Ultimate Fighting Championships have seen some of the ugliest and fastest knockouts. While some are slow and painful to watch, others have been swift and devastating, so sudden that the match only lasts a few minutes.
For most spectators, the faster a knockout happens, the more thrilling the match is. UFC events happen every so often, so the record for the fastest knockout is hardly held for long.
Fighters get to redeem themselves when they lose in the shortest bouts while the winners set new records.
The fastest knockouts have not been consistently happening each year. Some date back almost seven years ago. Here’s a list of some of the greatest knockouts in the history of UFC.
10. Duane Ludwig: 11 Seconds
Ludwig’s time marks the fastest knockout in history. However, due to an error in judgment by the Nevada State’s timekeeper, this time was not recorded. Round one ends with Goulet being floored in either six or eleven seconds. The timekeeper calls timed it at 11 seconds, which was taken to be the official time.
Duane Ludwig’s knockout remains a controversial matter as Nevada State Athletic Commission decided to disregard his prior record and go with the timekeeper’s eleven seconds. In this bout, it is quite easy to see how his fans and foes alike named him the “Bang.”
9. B.J. Penn: 11 Seconds
It must have come as a surprise to the spectators and the opponent when Penn delivered a vicious uppercut that effectively knocked out Uno. In the beginning, Uno had sent flying kick Penn’s way, but the lesser experienced fighter had ducked that and instead, gained momentum that saw him throw his opponent off.
This victory was only the first of many. Pen went ahead to win the championship in his weight category.
8. Mark Weir: 10 Seconds
Weir made his debut into UFC with a loud bang when he beat Eugene Jackson in just ten short seconds. Weir threw an excellently timed jab that sent Eugene Jackson tumbling to the ground. He then pounces on him and punches the lights out of him. In those 10 seconds, Weir establishes himself in the UFC.
However, the glory did not last as he went on to lose in the matches that followed. This led to his being drop out of the promotion. His opponent Eugene Jackson also dropped out of UFC following his loss in this match.
7. Gray Maynard: 9 Seconds
In this spectacular match, Maynard teases the first attempt then punches out at Veres with his left hand, which sends him crumbling to for floor. All this happening in a split 9 seconds is impressive as the spectators turn to wild jubilation. This among other fights earned him the nickname “The Bully”.
6. Makwan Amirkhani: 8 Seconds
The match ended in the first round, sending a message to the MMA fraternity that this man Amirkhani was a force to reckon with. This promotional competition introduced him to the world.
5. Don Frye: 8 Seconds
The one punch that Frye takes sends Ramirez to the corner and out of consciousness. The match was UFC 8, played in 1996. Don Frye’s record went unbeaten for more than a decade.
4. James Irvin: 8 Seconds
He followed this up with a few punches before the referee intervened and called the match. In a short 8 seconds, it was all done; Irvin won and set a record while Houston went home to lick his wounds. The victory sent the crowd into a frantic celebratory mood, as everyone marveled at how fast the fight had ended.
3. Chan Sung Jung: 7 Seconds
The featherweight fighter did just that. In seven short seconds, he had ended the match of the day and was ready to take on his next task. The fact that this match was on Hominick’s turf must have made The Korean Zombie feel even better with his performance that day.
Surprisingly, Hominick was the favorite of this match. This could be attributed to the home-ground advantage.
2. Ryan Jimmo: 7 Seconds
It was definitely one of the most thrilling and shortest UFC matches of 2013. Perosh had been the more hyped contender, and the scales tipped a bit on his side. He was basically the match favorite for UFC 149 and most people didn’t see this early knockout coming.
1. Todd Duffee: 7 Seconds
He knocked out his opponent, Tim Hague with only seven seconds into the first round of their UFC 102 match. Todd Duffee meant business when he got into the ring, and he got right into it after declining to touch Hague’s gloves.
The game which happened seven years ago set the fastest time for a knockout and holds this record to date. The 30-year-old boxer didn’t stop at the knockout. Once Tim was floored, Duffee pounced on him and punched him till he lost consciousness.
My favorite knockout:
Ryan Jimmo’s knockout of Anthony Perosh. Seriously, watch the video above. It’s as clean as it gets. Ryan waltzes into the ring and takes Anthony down like a boss.