2012 tazmma Knockout of the Year
As with any year in MMA, 2012 featured its fair share of violence. Noted destroyer of men Anderson Silva was at his best over the year, landing punishing knees to the body in both of his fights which led directly to their stoppages. Less celebrated connoisseurs of the knockout like Cub Swanson, Rick Hawn, Stefan Struve and Glover Teixeira also did their part to keep the violence quotient elevated over the course of the calendar.
There was one particular moment of “la violencia” which stood above all others in 2012 though. It had the aesthetic that any great knockout has from every perspective. The technique was beautiful, the impact was perfect, and to cap it all off the man on the receiving end of the knockout scored a 10 on the ‘Nestea Plunge’ scale. This moment, is of course Edson Barboza‘s perfectly executed Spinning Wheel Kick KO of Terry Etim, all the way back at UFC 142 in January. To refresh your memory, see below:
There have been impressive knockouts since that time, but nothing matching the artistic brutality of this once in a lifetime KO. Edson Barboza is the proud owner of the 2012 Knockout of the Year.