UFC mid-year KO awards: Junior dos Santos tops Vitor Belfort for best knockout

Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Were the judges swayed by Belfort's admission of TRT? Or did "Cigano" truly deserve the top spot?

It's that time of year again, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tallies up the internal votes and announces its best-of-the-best in three different categories, including top knockout, submission and of course, fight.

Kicking things off will be best knockout.

5. Liver kick! Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 (replay here)

4. PRIDE of a nation. Wanderlei Silva def. Brian Stann at UFC on FUEL TV 8 (replay here)

3. Over-for-Reem. Antonio Silva def. Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 (replay here)

2. Head games. Vitor Belfort def. Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8 (replay here)

1. Cigan-OH! Junior dos Santos def. Mark Hunt at UFC 160 (replay here)

See the promotion's list of honorable mentions here.

Personally, I think Belfort's finish over Rockhold trumps Dos Santos vs. Hunt, simply because it landed a bit cleaner and the technique was a little smoother. You can also argue that Uriah Hall's destruction of Adam Cella on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 -- a rare walk-off KO -- beats both, but those are "exhibition fights" and technically, don't count.

Too bad.

If it were judged solely on the level of violence, this would be a landslide win for "Bigfoot" Silva, who nearly killed "Demolition Man" earlier this year in Las Vegas. I also wouldn't be surprised if Silva vs. Stann resurfaced in the "Best Fight" category.

Now it's time to hear from the peanut gallery.

These are the five best knockouts of the year, according to UFC. But did they get it right? Let's see your order in the comments section below, as well as any fights you feel should be included, but weren't.

Have at it!

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