The art of the knockout

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

There's several different ways to win a mixed martial arts bout: a submission, a decision, a TKO, a disqualification, and a knockout. But there is no more definitive way than a knockout, and nothing more exciting to the fans.

FoxSport's Mike Chiapetta recently explored the subject in depth and spoke to a few fighters about what makes a knockout so special:

“You want to embrace it because you know raw power is always dangerous, but it also has the ability to make you tired if you use it at the wrong times,” said heavyweight Travis Browne, who has 12 career knockouts in 16 wins and is bidding for the No. 1 contender spot when he fights Fabricio Werdum at an April 19 UFC on FOX show. “It's about the big picture, finding your spots and when to explode. Hitting combinations together, punches and kicks. How to set it up, learning range. There's just so much more to it than power.”

“What I learned is that whenever you try for something so hard, your body tenses up and that actually hinders your power,” Hendricks said. “A lot of times, you get KOs when you don't expect it. You throw a good combo, you turn it over just right and don't even throw it that hard. When you know you have power you start placing it right and hit someone at 80 percent and still knock them out. That's when I realized, 'Boom, this is how I should do it.'”

“It's really hard to say that there's a common element in knockouts because I feel that I fight more with my instincts than I fight with reason,” UFC middleweight title contender Lyoto Machida told FOX Sports through an interpreter. “I have to feel out the fight and know when that moment is coming.”

“If you do it right, all of that energy that goes from your feet to your hips to your shoulders to your fist, all of it gets transferred to your opponent's head,” McDonald said. “It's like nothing. It's surprising, because you throw and you feel a connection, but it's like a flash. Nothing. And then you see them crumble.”

“You've got to stay controlled and calm for it,” said light-heavyweight Jimi Manuwa, who has 13 knockouts among his 14 wins. “If you hurt someone, you can't run up and rush them. You can have someone wobbled and run into a big right hand. You can run into a takedown or a clinch and mess the whole thing up. That's why you have to stay composed even when you know they're hurt.”

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