August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Donald Cerrone (left) fights Melvin Guillard (right) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
I could prattle on for hours and hours about the amazing technique involved in high level Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The human chess match aspect makes it more about one's intelligence than his or her strength.
A slick transition, an explosive reversal or a fight ending submission that comes after several minutes of stringing together a set of moves is exactly what makes ground wars so intriguing.
How many times have you heard this old story? "I saw this little Brazilian guy taking on dudes twice his size and beating them. I was hooked." That little guy was Royce Gracie and the quote can be attributed to any number of fighters and fans.
Fights like Diego Sanchez taking on Nick Diaz back in 2005 serve as an excellent example of how satisfying a bout can be when both fighters are more than willing to throw down on the canvas. There's more to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) than the "JUST BLEED~!" meme.
But the yin to BJJ's yang is the brutal knockout.
It's beautiful brutality.
As far as technique goes, scoring a knockout is equal with gaining a submission. Anyone can throw a punch but not everyone can throw one well. No other evidence is needed beyond watching 10 seconds of Jake Shields' stand up.
So when a vicious knockout finds it way into the Octagon, it's a sight to see and cherish.
"Cowboy's" knockout over Guillard was just that. After 70 or so seconds of back and forth action, a head kick from the Greg Jackson fighter grazed "The Young Assassin's" skull. It wasn't enough to put him down but he was staggered, his equilibrium was compromised.
One perfectly placed cross from Cerrone later and his former teammate was lying in a heap on the canvas.
Oh, hose me down.
The Pepsi Center erupted in cheers and social media exploded with praise. After Shields' awful fight with Ed Herman, something big was needed to get fans invested in the fights once more.
They got it with this lightweight barnburner. It was exactly what was promised when the match-up was announced and neither fighter failed to deliver.
Your adrenaline hits the roof and your heartbeat begins to race. A human's body chemistry is a strange thing after witnessing this manner of brutality. You, for some reason, smile. No ill will is personally wished upon someone like Guillard who just had his lights turned off but you're unabashedly happy following the knockout.
It's a strange and wonderful thing.
From the days of Tank Abbott and Gary Goodridge to present day with the likes of Cerrone and Jose Aldo, nothing gets a crowd more pumped than a fantastic knockout. If you're watching the sport and claim knockouts don't excite you, you're not fooling anyone.