UFC names top five knockouts for 2011 half-year awards

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Ah, yes. Another top five list.

With 2011 halfway through, it's time to roll out some typical mid-year awards. Filler? Maybe. Fun? Most definitely.

The subject of this particular list (courtesy of UFC.com) is knockouts. With as many fight cards as the world's largest mixed martial arts organization has offered up so far this season, there are plenty to choose from.

And who doesn't love a good old fashioned kayo? I know I do.

Without further ado, in we go:

5. Lyoto Machida Karate Kid crane kicks Randy Couture into retirement at UFC 129

Heading into UFC 129, it was easy to get sucked into the hype and the notion that Randy Couture actually had a chance to defeat Lyoto Machida. Not only did he not actually have a chance in hell, his decision to climb inside the cage with the Karate Kid resulted in a crane kick knockout that dislodged "The Natural's" dentures and sent him into retirement the worst way possible ... or the best.

4. Anderson Silva front kicks Vitor Belfort at UFC 126

No one remembers this knockout as well as me, thanks to my ill-fated prediction that Vitor Belfort would destroy Anderson Silva. As it turned out, the opposite was true and "The Spider" used a front kick he perfected, thanks to the teachings of Master Steven Seagal, to further cement his place amongst the greatest fighters of all time with one of the most legendary knockouts in the history of the sport.

3. John Makdessi spinning back fist demolishes Kyle Watson at UFC 129

UFC 129 was the biggest show, literally, in the history of the promotion. The event brought in over 55,000 fans to the Rogers Centre in Toronto and every fighter on the card wanted to put on a show for the fans. One of those men was John Makdessi, who had himself an extremely entertaining fight against Kyle Watson -- and that was before the knockout. Imagine the collective glee when he landed a spinning back fist in the final round that put Watson down and out.

2. Sam Stout lands a one-hitter quitter on Yves Edwards at UFC 131

Sam Stout went into UFC 131 having gone nearly a full four years without knocking anybody out, yet he was still calling himself "Hands of Stone." It was a pleasant surprise when he went out and earned that moniker by absolutely destroying Yves Edwards with a one-punch jawbreaker.

1. Cheick Kongo comes back to knockout Pat Barry at UFC on Versus 4

Cheick, cheick, cheick, cheick out his melody. When a kickboxing sledgehammer like Pat Barry is landing bombs on you and you're lights are turning on and off like a 5-year-old is playing games with the switch, there's no coming back. Unless you're a physical freak of nature like Cheick Kongo. The Frenchman survived an onslaught to land two big punches that put "HD" out cold in what was undoubtedly one of the greatest come from behind knockout wins in Octagon history.

Head on over to UFC.com to check out the extensive list of honorable mentions. And feel free to sound off in the comments section below on any notable snubs.

Let's hear it, Maniacs.

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