Carlos Condit vs. Dan Hardy
This knockout may not have had the most significance on the list in terms of career trajectory, but it was arguably the coolest to watch. Both welterweights had a striking base and fans were expecting their fight to take place on the feet. The bout lived up to the hype as both fighters exchanged blows through the first round. Despite having the support of his home country, however, Dan Hardy was on the receiving end of one of the most memorable knockouts in UFC history.
As the first frame came to a close, ‘The Outlaw’ and ‘The Natural Born Killer’ both threw left hooks at the same time, with Condit’s landing cleaner, and sooner, knocking the UK fighter out.
The bout marked one of two fights that led the Jackson-Wink product to an interim title bout with Nick Diaz, and ultimately to a shot at the undisputed welterweight belt against Georges St.Pierre. Since his first title run, Condit has had one more championship fight in a close, but unsuccessful effort against Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 – an early candidate for fight of the year. Condit’s next bout is uncertain, but many believe a rematch with Diaz may be on the horizon.
Hardy, meanwhile hit a two-fight skid following the loss, but bounced back with a pair of wins to round out his career prior to his retirement. Hardy is currently a UFC analyst, and rumors of a comeback are circulating.