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With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best knockouts from April: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and the winner of MMAjunkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for April.
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Adam Borics def. Teodor Nikolov at Bellator 196
In just his second Bellator fight, Adam Borics (7-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) made sure he’s going to have a place on the organization’s highlight reels for a long time to come when he smoked Teodor Nikolov (11-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a brutal knockout.
The unbeaten featherweight prospect scored his most impressive win to date when, in the second round of his fight with Nikolov, he unleashed a pinpoint-accurate flying knee that instantly led to the knockout victory (via Instagram):
Gilbert Burns def. Dan Moret at UFC on FOX 29
Grappling ace Gilbert Burns (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) scored his second straight stylish knockout after delivering a crushing right hand to stop promotional newcomer Dan Moret (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
Burns threw power shots from the opening moments of the bout and into the second frame of the lightweight bout. Although Moret looked content to trade, it proved to be his undoing. Burns continued unleashing big shots until a right hand landed cleanly and sent a dazed Moret to his knees. Burns had a chance to blast a defenseless opponent but took a civilized walk-off finish instead (via Instagram):
Siyar Bahadurzada def. Luan Chagas at UFC Fight Night 128
The second round was mostly trudging along. Then Siyar Bahadurzada (24-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) kicked up the middle for one of recent memory’s nastier finishes.
Bahadurzada drilled fellow welterweight knockout specialist Luan Chagas (15-3-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) with a sick kick to the body, which clearly inflicted some pain as the Brazilian put a hand to his sternum. Bahadurzada followed with an uppercut while Chagas was falling to the canvas, and it was over from there (via Instagram):
Dan Hooker def. Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night 128
Dan Hooker (16-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) made sure Jim Miller’s (28-12 MMA, 17-11 UFC) milestone UFC achievement came with a significant price attached.
On the night Miller tied the record for most fights in UFC history (29), Hooker ruined the veteran/s return to competition in his home state. The Aussie knocked Miller out cold in three minutes flat with a massive knee to the chin (via Instagram):
David Branch def. Thiago “Marreta” Santos at UFC Fight Night 128
Just when it looked like David Branch (22-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) might be in for a long night of eating leg kicks from Thiago “Marreta” Santos (17-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC), he shut down things in a hurry with one heck of a flurry.
Branch stopped Santos midway through the first round of their middleweight encounter with a massive right hand to the jaw and a few follow-ups on the canvas. Santos went down hard, and former two-division WSOF champ Branch avoided the first losing skid of his career with the upset win (via Instagram):
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Hungary’s own Borics shined in front of his home country while scoring a highlight-reel second-round knockout victory over overmatched Bellator newcomer Nikolov.
After original opponent James Gallagher was lost due to injury, Nikolov stepped in on short notice to fight Borics. He wasn’t ready for the task, though, and the featherweight contest was decidedly one-sided.
Borics, 24, cruised through the first round and had his way with Nikolov in the striking and on the ground. In the second frame, however, “The Kid” opened up big time with his offense, and it worked in resounding fashion.
Just 90 seconds into the second frame, Borics unleashed a hellacious switch flying knee on his opponent. It landed flush to the chin of Nikolov, and the fight was immediately over at the 1:30 mark of Round 2, sending the local crowd into a frenzy.
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