There’s much debate as to which fighter should be awarded this prestigious honor. I’ve seen a lot of great fights this year but not many ending in life-changing knock outs. Two are up for discussion.
When Fedor Emelianenko took on Brett Rogers at the Sears Centre in Illinois on November 7, MMA watched supporters boo an American and root for a Russian. Both fighters were ranked, Emelianenko at No. 1 and Rogers at No. 8 in the Heavyweight division. No one was quite expecting the knock out that would occur when Rogers was left at the mercy of Emelianenko’s fists of fury.
After the first round, Emelianenko was only up 10-9 as they both scrambled to get punches in and fought to keep their battle in the center. Emelianenko already had a busted nose and had missed Rogers on his first jab. In the second round, things changed. Rogers met Emelianenko’s right hook and was flat on his back to end the match at 1:48 in the second by TKO.
I would say, that is pretty impressive but have a look for yourself.
Now, Lyoto Machida knocked out Rashad Evans last May and that, too, was impressive and rather painful to watch. Machida and Evans faced off in the octagon at UFC 98 in Las Vegas, Nevada for the light heavyweight championship. Prior to the match, both fighters we undefeated. Machida remained so, having never lost so much as a round through this match up. Evans, was taken down, knocked completely unconscious with his back still up against the cage. It appeared as if his legs just gave out from underneath him and he fell to the canvas like a deflating balloon.
Machida laid it on him in the second round of their fight. Machida just dominated the match, making it look like Evans didn’t see any of it coming. He earned the Light Heavyweight Championship title and Knockout of the Night honors.
So really, I’d give my vote to Machida but everyone knows that Emelianenko is a strong candidate as well. This is one that can’t really be decided by just me. What’s your choice?