This past weekend at UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs Moreno there were a record of seven first round finishes. So today we are going to look at the top ten first round finishes that have happened in the UFC’s history. This list is debatable so feel free to give out your own opinions on what is the best first round finish or if you know one that is not on this list that should be. So here are my top ten:
#10. Rampage Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva III
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva had two prior matchups back in Pride with both being won by Silva. Rampage was able to finally return the favor with a vicious first round knockout that put Silva to sleep and gave him the number ten spot on this list.
#9. Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeria
This bout was to determine who would face Daniel Cormier next for the UFC light heavyweight championship. It only took mere seconds for Anthony Johnson to land just one powerful uppercut to put Glover Teixeria away and get the win.
#8. Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Mirko Cro Crop
It was the kick heard around the world. Mirko Cro Crop was known for landing head kick knockouts left and right. That’s what made it even more surprising when Gabriel Gonzaga landed a head kick that knocked out Mirko Cro Crop in one of the scariest knockouts of all time.
#7. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II
Dana White has stated on multiple occasions that this is his favorite fight of all time, and for good reason too. Frank Trigg put Matt Hughes in a vulnerable position when he had him trapped in a rear naked choke. Hughes, however, was able to turn it around and delivered and iconic slam before putting Trigg in a choke of his own to defend his welterweight title.
#6. B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes
When B.J. Penn was put up against Matt Hughes, many people were writing him off because of his frame and stature. It only took Penn one round to put Hughes in a choke to take the welterweight championship.
#5. Frank Mir vs. Antonio Nogueira
In this classic one round battle, Antonio Nogueira was messing up Frank Mir on the feet and nearly put him away. However, Nogueira tried to beat Mir at his own game on the ground. This would backfire horribly as Mir was able to break Nogueira’s arm as a result.
#4. Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva
The rushing combo that Vitor Belfort landed on Wanderlei Silva is that of legend today. With one shot after another in rapid fury, Belfort was able to destroy Silva in less than a minute.
#3. Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano
Ronda Rousey was known for an ultra fast finishes when she was the queen of MMA. Her fastest win was via submission against Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds when Zingano ran into an armbar.
#2. Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo
The most memorable moment in Conor McGregor’s career came when he captured the undisputed featherweight championship from Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. Aldo came running in, as he usually does, and ended up running into a cross counter by McGregor that ended his nearly decade long winning streak.
#1. Anderson Silva vs. Vitro Belfort
Possibly the most iconic knockout to have ever happened in the UFC was when Anderson Silva landed a front kick to the face of Vitor Belfort. It highlighted Silva’s dominant title reign and is considered to be the greatest first round finish of all time.