2013 Knockout of the Year: Chris Weidman’s UFC 162 KO of Anderson Silva

January 6, 2014
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Chris Weidman KOs Anderson SilvaThere are many variables to consider when determining Knockout of the Year: significance of the win, the technical aspect involved, the sheer aesthetics of it, and many others.

2013 became the year of the spinning heel kick knockout.

The Ultimate Fighter 17 finalist Uriah Hall logged the most devastating knockout in the reality show’s history with his spinning heel kick KO of Adam Cella during the elimination round of the season.

Vitor Belfort replicated the same move at UFC on FX 8, knocking out former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold. He followed up that performance by knocking out Dan Henderson for the first time in Henderson’s 17-year fighting career at UFC Fight Night 32.

Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos employed a spinning heel kick to finish the durable Mark Hunt at UFC 160.

There were many significant knockouts in 2013. Antonio “Big Foot” Silva’s come-from-behind KO of Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 stands out. Mark Hunt shattering Stefan Struve’s jaw at UFC on Fuel TV 8 was particularly brutal.

Travis Browne’s three fights in 2013 all ended in devastating fashion. He finished Gabriel Gonzaga with elbow strikes along the cage at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. He took out Overeem with a front kick and follow-up punches at UFC Fight Night 26, and proved the mode in which he dispatched of Gonzaga was no fluke by employing the same method to put Josh Barnett to sleep at UFC 168.

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson’s first-round KO of Joseph Benavidez was unpredictable. Emmanuel Newton’s spinning back fist finish of “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator 90 was shocking. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s first round knockout of James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33 showed the legend has more fight in him.

While all those knockouts were worthy to note, one stands out above the rest.

When Chris Weidman stepped into the Octagon with Anderson Silva at UFC 162 on July 6, no one expected what was going to transpire. Silva was untouchable. He was and still is the greatest champion to ever step foot in the octagon, hexagon, ring, or the Yamma Pit.

Weidman was confident leading up to the bout, but it did little to sway popular opinion that he was outmatched. He was coming off a long layoff due to shoulder surgery. He had gone through the personal turmoil of Hurricane Sandy. The odds were stacked against him, but some people are born to defy the odds.

Silva employed his usual tactics of taunting to bait his opponents into a striking exchange, and it worked. Weidman abandoned his game plan of getting the fight to the ground and pressed the pace. The anticipation mounted and there was the feeling inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena that something big was about to happen.

Early in the second round, Weidman landed a left hand and Silva pretended to be hurt. Weidman seized the moment and moved in with a three-punch combination. Silva bobbed and weaved his way around the first two, but was unable to avoid the third. It landed flush on the chin and Silva’s body, as well as his seven-year dominance of the middleweight division, came crashing down.

It was significant. It was shocking. It was memorable. And it is MMAWeekly.com’s 2013 Knockout of the Year.

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  • solo

    Its not the best KO, but with the shocking elements i can see it being no.1 of the year.

    IMO the best KO was Browne’s front kick! Also maybe Belfort vs Hendo.

    What does everybody else thinks?

    • battle ready

      I think as far as significance for the whole landscape of mma last year Weidman’s KO of AS is by far number 1. As far as best, coolest, most amazing or most brutal KO there are many to pick from. Both KOs of overeem were exciting since they were both “come from behind” with Brown’s being awesome imo because he had endured some brutal punishment up to that point in the fight, and still was able to finish in spectacular fashion.

      • Dragon Kid

        the browne/overeem fight should’ve been stopped once overeem pounded browne away. the frontkick was ok but it took like 3 tries before he connected it. my fav KO was belfort vs. hendo.

  • Big Tuna

    Anderson got caught half steppin’ My favorite is big foots KO of Overeem,

    • deepgrim

      i enjoyed bigfoot ko of overeem slightly more just cause of the trash overeem had said before the fight.

  • tyrone

    Weidman should’ve won this hands down and he did

  • hybe

    With all aspects considered, this one tops it for sure!

  • El Gvapo

    No arguments from me. Not only a great KO but the occasion too. The real discussion is over who comes second. Probably Vitor vs Rockhold for me.

    • deepgrim

      yes the occasion matters, for me its like when anderson submitted chael, it was only a triangle, but it came in the 5th round after been battered and chael only moments away from the title- made it an epic submition

  • Gorhob Perkins

    This wasn’t even close to the best KO of the year.

    • Dragon Kid

      true, but it had the biggest significance though.

      • Gorhob Perkins

        Agreed, I’d rate it number one if this was supposed to be most significant KO of the year… But it’s not.

        • Dragon Kid

          calling it a good or great KO is kinda stretching it a bit. I still think its one of the silliest KO’s i’ve ever seen with a boatload on the line.