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MMA Junkie’s ‘Knockout of the Month’ for May: A sick punch ends an undefeated run

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best knockouts from May 2019: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for May.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

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The Nominees

Raymond Daniels def. Wilker Barros at Bellator Europe 2

Kickboxing standout Raymond Daniels (1-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) returned to MMA under the Bellator banner and showed why he carries the nickname “The Human Highlight Reel” at the expense of Wilker Barros (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

Daniels pulled off something that’s possibly never been done before in the sport when, after staggering Barros with a spinning kick, Daniels went airborne with a fake spinning attack. He didn’t pull the trigger, though, but instead waited until he landed to wind up a colossal punch that instantly ended Barros’ night.

Douglas Lima def. Michael Page at Bellator 221

Douglas Lima (31-7 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) respected Michael Page (14-1 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) in the lead-up to their Bellator welterweight grand prix semifinal matchup, but the former two-time champion felt strongly that his experience and striking power would make a difference, and he was right.

Lima gave “MVP” a rude welcome to a new level of competition when he scored an absolutely sickening knockout to make the grand prix final. The Brazilian set it up when he dropped Page with a perfectly timed low kick. As Page attempted to stand up, Lima uncorked a beautiful left hand that landed clean and brought an end to Page’s unbeaten run in MMA.

Jessica Andrade def. Rose Namajunas at UFC 237

After losing the first round to Rose Namajunas (8-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in their strawweight title showdown, Jessica Andrade (20-6 MMA, 11-4 UFC) knew she had to mix things up if she wanted to claim the belt.

Defending UFC champ Namajunas dominated the first five minutes of the bout, using her speed and range to fluster her Brazilian foe. But then Andrade decided to make it a firefight in the second round, and it paid off because she capitalized on a mistake from Namajunas to deliver an electric, violent slam to end the contest.

Michel Pereira def. Danny Roberts at UFC on ESPN+ 10

After Michel Pereira (23-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made an emotional walk to the octagon, the flashy newcomer got down to business with Danny Roberts (16-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) in a hurry. He wasted little time marking himself one to watch in one of the UFC’s deepest weight classes.

The Brazilian confused his opponent with jumping attacks and leaps up the cage before Pereira connected with a picture-perfect flying knee. Somehow, Roberts remained on his feet, but he wasn’t after Pereira immediately followed up with a right hand down the middle, ending the bout in the first round.

Cosmo Alexandre def. Sage Northcutt at ONE Championship 96

Sage Northcutt’s (11-3) ONE Championship debut did not go according to plan. The UFC veteran was knocked out by Cosmo Alexandre (8-1) just 29 seconds into the first round.

Northcutt returned to competition from a 10-month layoff and was barely able o show anything off. Alexandre caught him with a huge punch in the opening seconds of the fight, leaving “Super” face-first on the mat less than a minute into the fight.

Movlid Khaybulaev def. Damon Jackson at PFL 2019, Week 2

Movlid Khaybulaev (13-0) scored the fastest knockout in PFL history when he ended Damon Jackson’s (16-3-1) night with one vicious, perfectly timed technique in the featherweight season opener.

Jackson came out looking to pressure Khaybulaev, but that proved to be his undoing. Khaybulaev leapt into the air just as Jackson came forward and landed the cleanest of flying knees that turned the lights out just 10 seconds into the opening round.

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The Winner: Douglas Lima

Page’s unbeaten career came to a crashing halt at the hands, and foot, of Lima.

Lima knocked out Page in stunning fashion in the second round of their welterweight grand prix semifinal fight. Lima first kicked Page’s lead left leg out from under him, sending him to the canvas. He then quickly clipped him with a right hand, then two more punches on the ground to get the finish 35 seconds into the second round.

Lima moved into the tournament final, where he awaits the winner of next month’s title fight and other semifinal between champion Rory MacDonald and Neiman Gracie. MacDonald beat Lima to win the title in 2018.

Page came forward immediately with a three-punch combination, then threw a side kick to keep Lima backing up. Two more side kicks to Lima’s lead leg followed. Page danced with his hands down, typical of his style, till Lima threw his first low kick a minute in. A right hand down the middle landed for Page as a counter to a Lima kick. He changed stances, then kicked again. Two minutes in, Page charged forward looking for a combination, but Lima took him to the canvas. Lima looked for elbows from up top, but Page was good defensively from his back.

Page came out kicking again in the second, then landed a right hand that wobbled Lima. Page stayed patient, but Lima kicked Page’s lead left leg, knocking him to the canvas. Lima immediately threw a right hand while Page was moving to get up, and Page probably was out cold from that punch. But Lima landed two more on the mat for good measure before referee Mike Beltran could get in to stop it.

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