The Top 10 Best Head Kick Knockouts in MMA History

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Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Luan Chagas (red gloves) fights Jim Wallhead (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

The head kick knockout. Considered by many to be the crown jewel of knockouts in mixed martial arts. So how do you trim a list of hundreds down to ten specific knockouts?

So how do you trim a list of hundreds down to ten specific knockouts?

More than that, how do you keep from making the same list as every single other top ten list that’s out there?

A set of criteria needs to be used.


How a kick lands is obviously important. Does it wobble the opponent before they fall? Is there an audible sound from the kick? Is it a clear walk-off knockout?


The scenario that results in the knockout can be big. Is the fight on an undercard or the main event? Does it happen in a fight between two hated rivals? Was it during a title fight? Was the person a heavy underdog?

The level of Opponent:

This one will probably be the one that gets debated the most. The reasoning behind this one is, you can assume that the level of competition will be higher in promotions like the UFC and Bellator vs regional and local promotions. Therefore, it can be argued that scoring a head kick knockout in the UFC is more impressive than one in LFA if everything else is equal.

All of the above factors play a role in where each knockout lands in the rankings.

Now that the criteria are set, let’s get to the list.

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