2013 VigilanteMMA Year-End Awards — Knockout of the Year

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion

bigfootreemWe are counting down several year-end awards for 2013 and we’re already down to the last few. Today, we’ll look at Knockout of the Year. And boy were there some great candidates.

For historical significance, none were better than Chris Weidman’s knockout of Anderson Silva. For sheer devastation, Chinzo Machida’s flying knee to the dome of Brian Wood at WSOF was second to none. And as far as highlight-reel material, Uriah Hall’s beautiful spinning heel kick to Adam Cella was just amazing.

But we’ve gone off the board here for our favorite KO of the year. For me, a magical knockout should have two elements: not only should it be cool to watch, but it should also punctuate something bigger—like the ending of a story. Although Weidman’s could arguably tick both of those boxes, I went with Antonio Silva’s KO of Alistair Overeem.

Overeem continues to give off such an arrogant vibe, that he’s one of those guys who’s impossible to like. He all but dismissed “Bigfoot” completely. Silva was visibly angered by all the talk and vowed to shut Overeem’s mouth. Then the fight was poetic.

Just like a script to a great WWE match, the heel battered the babyface for 90% of the bout. Then at the start of the 3rd round, something happened. Bigfoot kept plugging away, and Overeem’s will crashed and burned. As he Silva chopped down the larger-than-life Overeem, the drama and anticipation for what was about to happen got thicker and more intense until the ref pulled Bigfoot off.

It’s fairly rare that a fight tells a story so perfectly. It’s also rare that you look back at a fight and feel completely satisfied. But in this case, Bigfoot stepped up to a bully and knocked him off his pedestal.

Other candidates: Weidman over Anderson Silva; Uriah Hall over Adam Cella; Cat Zingano over Miesha Tate; Chinzo Machida over Brian Wood; Vitor Belfort x3

Our other Year-End Awards already announced:
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
Female Fighter of the Year
Submission of the Year
Upset of the Year
Most Improved Fighter of the Year

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