Countdown to Sao Paulo: Part 5 - Top 5 Knockouts

<a href='../fighter/thomas-almeida'>Thomas Almeida</a> punches <a href='../fighter/Albert-Morales'>Albert Morales</a> during their bout in November, 2016
The knockout is the ultimate achievement in a combat sport. One strike can end or change the course of a fight, and that will most certainly be forever on the record of the victor…and the vanquished.

On our countdown to UFC Sao Paulo, we’ll revisit moments that highlighted previous events in the city in a five-piece retrospective. In this final chapter, let’s look at the top five knockouts.

*Listed in chronological order

October 1998 - Vitor Belfort vs Wanderlei Silva (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Only a few remember the fact that the first ever UFC card in Sao Paulo - and in Brazil - was in 1998, an event in which two top Brazilian prospects clashed: Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva. Both would eventually have brilliant careers in the sport, but on that night, it was all Belfort, who finished the fight with a crushing knockout like many others we would see from him in the future.
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January 2013 - Vitor Belfort vs Michael Bisping (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Fifteen years later, Vitor was once again the big star of the second Fight Night in Sao Paulo, when he faced the current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and ran through “The Count” with a head kick followed by an avalanche of punches.

May 2014 - Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs Richardson Moreira (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Twenty seconds. That’s all it took for veteran kickboxer Marcos Rogerio De Lima to show the power of his striking against his fellow TUF Brazil 3 contestant “Rick Monstro” when both made their UFC debut in 2014.
<a href='../fighter/Glover-Teixeira'>Glover Teixeira</a> punches <a href='../fighter/Patrick-Cummins'>Patrick Cummins</a> during their bout in Sao Paulo in November, 2015
November 2015 - Glover Teixeira vs Patrick Cummins (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Either standing or on the ground, Glover Teixeira always enters the Octagon looking to finish his fights as quickly as he can. In November 2015, he punished Patrick Cummins and left his opponent knocked out while still standing.

November 2016 - Thomas Almeida vs Albert Morales (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
It isn’t hard to explain why 17 out of Thomas Almeida’s 22 career wins have come by knockout. The Sao Paulo native has two of the most powerful hands in the bantamweight division and he proved it the last time the Octagon went to his hometown, when he made Albert Morales pay for his trash talking before the bout, knocking him out on fight night.

Watch Past Fights

Saturday, September 22
Sao Paulo, Brazil


Watch the post-fight press conference live following the event.
Sep 22, 2018
Thiago Santos and Eryk Anders square off in the main event in Fight Night Sao Paulo, and both fighters believe the bout will end in a knockout.
Sep 21, 2018
Opponents Thiago Santos of Brazil and Eryk Anders of the United States face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. The two will square off Saturday in the Sao Paulo main event on FS1.
Sep 21, 2018
Watch as Conor McGregor earned his first UFC belt when he defeated Chad Mendes at UFC 189 for the interim featherweight championship. McGregor takes on Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in the main event on October 6 live on Pay-Per-View.
Sep 21, 2018