With a combined knock out rate of 81 percent in their professional wins, Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero are bonafide finishers. With the UFC middleweight title on the line between the two this Sunday, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of their best KO victories.
Poor Chris Weidman. He was arguably up on points going into the third round before his chin felt the full force of Romero’s flying knee. Fast forward to 13.35 minutes of the video to view one of the nastiest knockouts you will ever see.
This was Adesanya’s Australian MMA debut and it came against a UFC veteran. Stylebender made light work of Melvin Guillard, picking him apart on the way to his first Aussie MMA title.
The interim title was set to be on the line at UFC 221 in Perth before Yoel Romero missed weight. This meant only Luke Rockhold could go home with the strap. Romero had other ideas and put Rockhold to sleep and give him a kiss when we woke up. Fast forward to 1.19 of the video for the devastation.
It may have broken Aussie fight fan’s hearts but you cannot deny Adesanya’s brilliance in this one. In front of a record-setting crowd in Melbourne, Israel Adesanya finished Rob Whittaker in the second round to clinch the UFC title. Skip ahead to 9.53 for the ‘oh my god’ moment.
Clean head kick KO. This was Stylebender’s final fight before being signed with the UFC. He lived up to his nickname.
One punch is all it takes for Yoel Romero to flick the off switch. Does anything else need to be said?