Top 15 Fastest Finishes In the UFC History

Top 15 Fastest Finishes In the UFC History

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has always featured electrifying contenders who display their striking power and precision in the octagon. The fighters showcase their explosive strikes in the UFC.

Some UFC fighters have made a massive change in the sport's history with their ultimate finishes. They have demonstrated lightning-fast finishes that were no longer than 5 seconds. In other words, the dynamic contenders have won the fight as soon as it began.

In this article, you will find out the exceptional moments of UFC where the fighters have knocked out their opponent in less than ten seconds. You will witness the sensational display of explosive power in the octagon. 

Top 15 Fastest Finishes In the UFC History

1. Criteria of Fastest Finishes

Criteria of Fastest Finishes

Over the years, UFC fighter have shown their ultimate power in the octagon with their dynamic moves. Finishes refer to the fastest striking power of the fighter that knocks out the opponent in a relatively shorter duration. The UFC contender demonstrates the striking power that renders the opponent unconscious merely in a few seconds.

Charles Oliveira is the top fighter who has distinguished himself and set the record of twenty finishes in UFC history. The fighter uses the striking method or repeatedly hits the opponent; these finishes are the lighting reflexes that bring out the result in a few seconds.

2. Unleash the Fastest Knockouts in UFC History

This article will explore the fastest and most unpredictable finishes that ended the match as it began. A single and targeted strike can create the significant difference often seen in the octagon, regarded as the fastest knockouts or finishes in UFC history. In the list of the fifteen fastest finishes, you can unleash the thunder and explosiveness of the fighters.

2.1. Jorge Masvidal vs Ben Askren - UFC 239

Jorge Masvidal vs Ben Askren - UFC 239
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In UFC 239, Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren squared off each other in 2019. The fight began with a jaw-dropping moment and left the spectators in awe. The onlookers witnessed the representation of mastery as Jorge Masvidal showed his striking power. Masvidal has landed a lightning strike on Ben Askren. Jorge Masvidal returned in complete form after a prolonged break. He polished his skill set and distinguished himself after giving back-to-back three victories.

The encounter between Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren does not need any introduction; it is regarded as:

“One of the greatest knockouts we have ever seen,”

Askern faced repeated punches, and the flying knee changed the results. Jorge Masvidal won the fight using the knockout method. The duration of the match was, at most five seconds. Jorge Masvidal is regarded as a top contender with the fastest finish in UFC history. 

2.2. Duane Ludwig vs Jonathon Goulet- UFC Fight Night 3

Duane Ludwig vs Jonathon Goulet- UFC Fight Night 3
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In 2006, the octagon was set for the  UFC Fight Night 3. Duane Ludwig made a debut, and it was the biggest challenge for him to face Jonathon Goulet against him.

As the match began, it brought about a drastic result just after 6 seconds. Duane marked the impression of punch on Goulet and also in the history of UFC by knocking out Goult in only six seconds. Duane Ludwig won the fight with a knockout (KO Punches). 

2.3. Todd Duffee vs Tim Hague - UFC 102

Todd Duffee vs Tim Hague - UFC 102
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Todd Duffee and Tim Hague faced each other during UFC 102. A single and effective hit can make a significant difference. Tim Hague was about to use his technical competency, but he received a fierce punch that rendered him unable to react. The bout lasted seven seconds, and Todd Duffee won the fight with knockout punches. 

2.4. Chan Sung Jung vs Mark Hominick - UFC 140

Chan Sung Jung vs Mark Hominick - UFC 140

In UFC 140, the “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung faced off against Canadian fighter Mark Hominick. The two contenders were fighting in the featherweight division. The match started with counter punches, but repeated hits ended the match soon. Chan Sung Jung won three fights, and the Korean zombie won in just seven seconds. He won the match via knockout punches.

2.5. Ryan Jimmo vs Anthony Perosh - UFC 149

Ryan Jimmo vs Anthony Perosh - UFC 149
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Ryan Jimmo is a fantastic competitor in the light heavyweight division. The UFC 149 fight began and showed the result just after seven seconds. Ryan Jimmo used the power of his punch; a single and precise hit made him the tournament winner. Anthony Perosh became unconscious with the punch; he fell against the cage. Ryan punched him again, but the referee stopped him and ended the fight in favor of Rayan Jimmo; he won the fight via punches. 

2.6. Terrance McKinney vs Matt Frevola - UFC 263

Terrance McKinney vs Matt Frevola - UFC 263
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The fans were excited for UFC 263, which was held in Arizona, United States. Matt Frevola was a professional UFC competitor, fighting in the lightweight division. On the other hand, Terrance McKinney was making his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Terrance McKinney was under tremendous pressure as he faced the octagon for the first time. McKinney showed his fury and rage with a single hit. Frevola fell on the podium with McKinney's drastic hits. The bout lasted seven seconds, and Terrance McKinney won the fight via punches.

2.7. Don Frye vs Thomas Ramirez - UFC 8

The event UFC 8 was held in 1996 in Puerto Rico. The fight was held against Don Frye and Thomas Ramirez. The tournaments were held in that had no specific weight divisions. The duration of the match was extended to ten minutes.

Don Frye was a wrestler who fought in the 206-pound division. On the other hand, Thomas Ramirez was 41 and fought in the 410-pound category. The match started with fierce fury, with Don Frye instantly asserting his identity in the octagon. Frye landed a powerful punch to finish his opponent.

Don Frye was confident and determined, and he knocked out the double-sized contender in just eight seconds. 

2.8. James Irvin vs Houston Alexander - UFC Fight Night 13

UFC Fight Night 13 featured two light heavyweight contenders, James Irvin and Houston Alexander. The two UFC fighters are known for their distinguished identities and fame. The match started and took no more than eight seconds. James Irvin's dynamic punches show rage and passion.

Houston Alexander was rendered unstable and fell on the podium. Alexander faced the repeated punches until the referee interceded. James Irvin won the match in eight seconds via KO punches. 

2.9. Leon Edwards vs Seth Baczynski - UFC Fight Night 64

2.9. Leon Edwards vs Seth Baczynski - UFC Fight Night 64
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At UFC Fight Night 64, two top-rated contenders, Leon Edwards and Seth Baczynski, faced off in the welterweight category. Leon Edwards is a professional mixed martial artist and a well-renowned fighter who has marked his name in UFC history against the veteran Baczynski.

When the bout began, the two contenders were facing each other. Seth Baczynski started to throw punches, and Leon Edward stepped away from the hits. Edward immediately moved ahead and punched the opponent, which resulted in his victory. One punch was well-defined and made Baczynski unable to defend himself. Leon Edward, aka Rocky, has shown that he is unbeatable, like his name.

The bout lasted only eight seconds, and Leon Edward won the fight with KO punches. 

2.10. Makwan Amirkhani vs Andy Ogle - UFC on Fox 14

2.10. Makwan Amirkhani vs Andy Ogle - UFC on Fox 14
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Makwan Amirkhani is the dominant  UFC contender, and he started his professional career in 2010. In 2015, UFC on Fox 14 was organized, and Makwan Amirkhani and Andy Ogle squared off each other.

Makwan Amirkhani debuted in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he only needed a little time to finish his opponent. As Andy Ogle was about to take the dominant position, Amirkhani used the flying knee to make the fighter Ogle fall off the podium. After that, he used the jabs and uppercut to end the bout.

The fight lasted for only eight seconds, Makwan Amirkhani won the bout with a flying knee and KO punches. 

2.11. Conor McGregor vs José Aldo - UFC 194

Conor McGregor vs José Aldo - UFC 194
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The UFC 194 started, and the two contenders, Conor McGregor and José Aldo, denied touching gloves. The bout began, and Conor stayed in the middle of the podium while Jose Aldo stayed away from possible hits. After a few seconds, the match took a massive turn; the fight ended in just eight seconds.

Conor McGregor has landed a leg kick followed by the right and left punches. At last, McGregor landed the last punch on the chin that had made Aldo unconscious. As Aldo fell to the ground, McGregor landed left punches on his face until the referee intervened. The bout lasted thirteen seconds, and Conor McGregor won the match via KO punches. 

2.12. Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano - UFC 184

Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano - UFC 184
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The UFC 184 showcased two contenders, Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano. The tournament was set in the category of UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship. The two fighters were showing their rage as the bout started. Ronda Rousey stood at the boundary of the cage, making the bout more intense.

Top contender Ronda Rousey ended the fight in just fourteen seconds. She unleashed her power and won the match via submission. 

2.13. Andrei Arlovski vs Paul Buentello - UFC 55

Two well-recognized fighters, Andrei Arlovski and Paul Buentello, faced each other in the octagon. Arlovski is an American professional mixed martial artist who appeared on the UFC platform in 2000. Soon after the start of the match, Andrei Arlovski took a dominant position.

The bout only took place for 15 seconds, and Arlovski ended the bout via knockout method. 

2.14. Ronda Rousey vs Alexis Davis - UFC 175

Ronda Rousey vs Alexis Davis - UFC 175
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The octagon was set for the UFC 175, in which the two fighters, Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis, faced each other. Like other UFC fights, this match has not taken much time to get the results. The remarkable Ronda Rousey was profound and determined; she believed in quick finishes and marked her identity in the history of UFC.

Ronda Rousey knocked out Alexis Davis in just fifteen seconds; she won the fight via knockout. 

2.15. Frank Shamrock vs Kevin Jackson - UFC 15.5

 Frank Shamrock vs Kevin Jackson - UFC 15.5
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The UFC event 15.5 was held in 1997, showing two renowned fighters, Frank Shamrock and Kevin Jackson. The match began and ended in a few seconds; Kevin Jackson took advantage and started to give Shamrock back-to-back punches. The onlookers were excited to look at the intense match. Frank Shamrock faced repeated hits, and it was clear that Jackson would be the winner. Soon, Frank made a remarkable entry with the submission method; he won the match within sixteen seconds. 

3. FAQs

3.1. Who can qualify for the fastest finish in the octagon?

Any UFC contender can qualify for the fastest finishes just by implementing the correct techniques and methods. A single and accurate punch can significantly improve a fighter's performance. 

3.2. Which UFC events have the most finishes?

The following UFC events have eleven finishes in a single event:

  • UFC 224
  • UFC Fight Night 55
  • UFC 281

4. Final Words

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) always features the top contenders in the octagon. The fights are unpredictable and can turn the result in a split second. A single well-targeted punch can significantly change the outcome of the fight. 

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