Top 10 Fastest Knockouts In UFC History

The UFC boasts of having some of the world’s greatest athletes. And for good reason. Being a UFC fighter requires a lot of skill and strength. Only the best get to fight in the UFC’s hallowed octagon.

In the history of the UFC, fans have seen many knockouts, some of which were blindingly quick.  There have been a few very fast finishes inside the octagon, but the fastest one was truly amazing.

Here is a list of the 10 UFC knockouts that happened the quickest.

10. Gray Maynard vs. Joe Veres

Time: 0:09
 Winner: Gray Maynard
Round: 1
 Event: UFC Fight Night 11: Thomas vs Florian
 Details: Punch to Head At Distance

Gray Maynard vs. Joe Veresphoto source: UFC

Even though Gray Maynard is no longer in the UFC, he still has a great legacy as one of the best fighters ever. Maynard is best known for his great fights with Frankie Edgar, but he also has one of the most impressive knockouts in UFC history.

At UFC Fight Night 11, Maynard entered the Octagon right after doing well on The Ultimate Fighter Season 5. He jumped at Joe Veres with a crushing left hook that immediately put his opponent to sleep.

Did You Know:

This bout earned Maynard the nickname “The Bully.”


9. Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle

Time: 0:08
 Winner: Makwan Amirkhani
Round: 1
 Event: UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson
 Details: Punches to Head At Distance

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Oglephoto source: MMA Fighting

Makwan Amirkhani and Andy Ogle fought on the preliminary card of UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson. This was Amirkhani’s first fight in the UFC and was one to remember. The Finnish fighter wanted to end things quickly, so he jumped and hit Ogle in the head with a flying knee, similar to what Jose Aldo did to Cub Swanson.

Amirkhani jumped on Ogle immediately and beat him with a series of punches. Many people think the referee stopped the fight too soon, but the truth is that it was an amazing knockout.

Did You Know:

Despite the official record stating it was eight seconds, Amirkhani has stated in an interview that it took six seconds. The UFC has not confirmed this.


8. James Irvin vs. Houston Alexander

Time: 0:08
 Winner: James Irvin
Round: 1
 Event: UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon
 Details: Punches to Head At Distance

James Irvin vs. Houston Alexanderphoto source: Bloody Elbow

Irvin was going up against Houston Alexander, who had just lost for the first time in the octagon and was looking to make up for it. Both were known for finishing fights quickly.

At the start of the fight, the two fighters touched gloves, circled each other, and then Irvin threw a superman punch that hit Alexander and knocked him out. Then he gave him two ground-and-pound blows that knocked him out in the first eight seconds.

Did You Know:

Irvin’s UFC career would end with a victory over Alexander. Irvin then lost three fights in a row. Because of this, he was kicked out of the promotion.


7. Don Frye vs. Thomas Ramirez

Time: 0:08
 Winner: Don Frye
Round: 1
 Event: UFC 8: David vs Goliath
 Details: Punch to Head At Distance

Don Frye vs. Thomas Ramirezphoto source: Sportskeeda

Don Frye is considered a UFC pioneer. Don Frye fought Thomas Ramirez at UFC 8 on February 16, 1996. Ramirez was known as a “knockout artist,” but ironically, Frye saw the lights go out.

He not only won against Ramirez, but he also dominated all three of his fights that night. It took him only 2 minutes and 10 seconds to beat all three of his opponents. This was also one of UFC history’s first knockouts to land clean on the chin.

Did You Know:

Don Frye is one of the oldest fighters in UFC history. Bare-knuckle fights were still allowed when he was still starting in the UFC.


6. Seth Baczynski vs. Leon Edwards

Time: 0:08
 Winner: Leon Edwards
Round: 1
 Event: UFC Fight Night 64: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2
 Details: Punch to Head At Distance

Seth Baczynski vs. Leon Edwardsphoto source: MMA Junkie

Leon Edwards’s first win was so quick that it seemed like it happened in a heartbeat.

Seth Baczynski started the fight strong, moving forward and throwing many punches in the first few seconds. However, he landed a front kick that gave Leon Edwards a chance to throw the first bomb, which landed right on Seth’s head, sending him to the ground, where he was finished off. All of this happened in just eight seconds.

“Rocky” did a spectacular job. He improved his MMA record to 9-2 and showed that he was becoming one of the best fighters in his field and one of the best in Britain.

Did You Know:

Edwards’ incredible victory against Baczynski earned him the UFC Fight Night 64 Performance of the Night honor.


5. Tim Hague vs. Todd Duffee

Time: 0:07
 Winner: Todd Duffee
Round: 1
 Event: UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
 Details: Punch to Head At Distance

Tim Hague vs. Todd Duffeephoto source: UFC

When the UFC signed Todd Duffee in 2009, he was already known as one of the best heavyweight prospects. Because of this, even though his fight against Tim Hage was on the preliminary card, many people watched.

All Todd Duffee needed to do to beat Tim Hague at UFC 102 was give him a hard right hand, which made Hague fall to the ground. Then, while his opponent was on the ground, Duffee punched him so hard that Hague passed out after seven seconds.

Did You Know:

Todd Duffee was originally pitted against Mike Russow during the event, but Russow was later matched up with Justin McCully.


4. Anthony Perosh vs. Ryan Jimmo

Time: 0:07
 Winner: Ryan Jimmo
Round: 1
 Event: UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao
 Details: Punch to Head At Distance

Anthony Perosh vs. Ryan Jimmophoto source: Bloody Elbow

Ryan Jimmo’s debut at UFC 149 was among the world’s best. Jimmo had a lot of great moments in his career, but none were as important as the one in his first performance.

Jimmo bagged the $65,000 prize without hardly breaking a sweat. The Canadian gave the Australian Anthony Perosh a huge right hook to the ear, which put him to sleep in just seven seconds. His UFC career got off to a great start with an impressive knockout and a robot dance.

Did You Know:

Unfortunately for Jimmo, he only had a few more wins despite his historic win. He died in a tragic hit-and-run accident in 2016.


3. Terrance McKinney vs. Matt Frevola

Time: 0:07
 Winner: Terrance McKinney
Round: 1
 Event: UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2
 Details: Punch to Head At Distance

Terrance McKinney vs. Matt Frevolaphoto source: Bleacher Report

Even Terrance McKinney didn’t think his first fight in the UFC would be this good. At UFC 263, Terrance McKinney made history when he won with just two punches and seven seconds. After the bell rang and the gloves touched, “T. Wrecks” hit Matt Frevola with a powerful series of blows that put him to sleep.

Frevola had no idea what had happened. This was McKinney’s 11th professional win, while Frevola’s third loss.

Then, just as he was celebrating his win, the unthinkable happened. McKinney got up on the cage and pushed off, but he landed on his knee. The impact was felt immediately, and he dropped to the ground on his good knee to take the weight off it.

Did You Know:

This big win for the newcomer would have never happened. McKinney only agreed to fight on short notice when Frevola’s original opponent, Frank Camacho, had to pull out of the event because he was in a car accident.


2. Chan Sung Jung vs. Mark Hominick

Time: 0:07
 Winner: Chan Sung Jung
Round: 1
 Event: UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
 Details: Punch to Head At Distance

Chan Sung Jung vs. Mark Hominickphoto source: MMA Mania

Mark Hominick was a heavy favorite to beat Chan Sung Jung on December 10, 2011, at UFC 140. But as soon as the fight began, the unthinkable happened.

Hominick only had to make one mistake for “The Korean Zombie” to win. The Canadian came out swinging, but he didn’t realize how strong the Korean was, so he was knocked down by a counter right hand. When he got there, Chan Sung Jung let all of his anger out, and seven seconds into the first round, the referee had to step in.

The shocking end came just seven seconds into the fight. It was the fastest official knockout in UFC history at the time, tied with Todd Duffee.

Did You Know:

The fight was supposed to be a homecoming for Hominick (the bout happened in Ontario, Canada), after the death of his longtime trainer and friend Shawn Tompkins. Still, it didn’t go very well.


1. Ben Askren vs. Jorge Masvidal

Time: 0:05
 Winner: Jorge Masvidal
Round: 1
 Event: UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos
 Details: Flying Knee Head

Ben Askren vs. Jorge Masvidalphoto source: UFC

The record-setting fastest knockout in UFC history happened between Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal when Masvidal defeated Askren in five seconds. He did this with an amazing flying knee that knocked out the expert wrestler in an unbelievable amount of time.

Askren looked like he was going for a double-leg takedown right at the start of the fight, but Masvidal had already decided to run straight at him with a knee that ended the fight faster than any other in the company’s history.

The now-iconic finish has become Masvidal’s biggest moment and will be shown in highlight reels for years to come. The hit was so hard and right that the referee had no choice but to stop the fight, and he made the right decision.

It almost seems unthinkable that this record will be topped, but anything can happen in the UFC.

Did You Know:

The fight was Askren’s first loss in his career. He had held the welterweight titles in both Bellator and ONE.

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