Best Of The Best: The Top 12 MMA Knockouts Of 2016

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Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

1. Lando Vannata vs. John Makdessi

We thought Edson Barboza’s spinning knockout over Terry Etim was the most ridiculous thing we’ve ever seen, but there may now be a KO that’s met – or even surpassed – it.

Lando Vannata is one of the hottest prospects currently competing in the UFC’s 155-pound division, and he proved just why when he took on John Makdessi in his own backyard of Toronto at UFC 206. Vannata made his UFC debut on short notice against No. 2-ranked Tony Ferguson, nearly finishing the bout before getting caught in Ferguson’s patented D’Arce choke.

The loss marked the first loss in Vannata’s pro MMA career, and he looked to avenge it against the veteran Makdessi. Makdessi came off of a split decison win over Mehdi Baghdad at UFC Fight Night 90 in July, his first win since April of 2015.

Just under two minutes into the first round of their contest, Vannata unleashed a thunderous spinning wheel kick that landed flush on Makdessi’s chin, giving Vannata a walk-off knockout win and the No. 1-spot on our 2016 knockout awards of the year.

You can check out the spectacular finish here:

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