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With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best knockouts from July 2019: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for July.
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Jorge Masvidal def. Ben Askren at UFC 239
Jorge Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) earned one of the biggest victories of his career – on one of the biggest stages of his career – when he defeated Ben Askren (19-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with the quickest knockout in UFC history.
Masvidal handed Askren his first career loss when he picked up a knockout victory in just five seconds. “Gamebred” came out of the gate with a flying knee that landed square on the chin of a ducking Askren, putting the former ONE Championship and Bellator titleholder out cold in stunning fashion.
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Amanda Nunes def. Holly Holm at UFC 239
Amanda Nunes (17-4 MMA, 10-1 UFC) stopped Holly Holm (12-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) in the first round – with the ex-champ’s signature weapon, no less.
After biding her time in the first few minutes, Nunes landed a right head kick that connected and sent Holm crashing to the mat. “The Lioness” followed with some shots to her grounded the foe and finished off the fight in the opening round for her fourth bantamweight title defense.
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John Howard def. Ray Cooper III at PFL 2019, Week 4
John Howard (28-15-1) needed a big performance to get into the PFL 2019 playoffs, and that’s exactly what happened. Howard, a man known for going often going to decisions win or lose, showed urgency and defeated 2018 welterweight finalist Ray Cooper III (18-7) via first-round TKO.
Cooper III scored an early takedown, but Howard scrambled back to his feet. Soon thereafter, in the midst of in-the-pocket exchange, Howard landed a wicked, clean counter left to the jaw which dropped Cooper. A few follow-up punches made the difference as Howard got the stoppage.
— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) July 12, 2019
Walt Harris def. Aleksei Oleinik at UFC on ESPN 4
Walt Harris (13-7 MMA, 6-6 UFC) scored the third fastest knockout in UFC heavyweight history Saturday with a brutal finish of friend and former training partner Aleksei Oleinik (57-12-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
In the matchup of former training partners, Harris wasted no time unleashing his offense on Oleinik. He landed a leaping knee then a huge punch that was immediately effective, because Oleinik went down and the fight was over in just 12 seconds.
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Sean Woodson def. Terrance McKinney at Dana White’s Contender Series 21
Stepping in on less than one week’s notice, Sean Woodson (6-0) needed one perfect strike to score a comeback win over a game Terrance McKinney (7-2).
After McKinney found ground success in the fight, Woodson attacked with a leaping knee (https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2019/07/dana-white-contender-series-21-live-results) as McKinney started to duck in for another takedown in the second round. The shot landed clean, and McKinney was out cold less than two minutes into the frame.
— UFC (@ufc) July 24, 2019
Aalon Cruz def. Steven Nguyen at Dana White’s Contender Series 22
In a featherweight contest, Aalon Cruz (8-2) finished his fight with Steven Nguyen (6-1) in such spectacular fashion that UFC president Dana White promised him a UFC deal before he even left the cage.
During the final minute, Cruz unleashed a flying knee that landed clean, sending Nguyen crashing to the floor and ending the fight in highlight-reel fashion, with UFC boss White openly expressing his amazement at the finish, which came with less than 30 seconds remaining in the final frame, and earning an invitation to the UFC.
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The Winner: Jorge Masvidal
The most hyped grudge match heading into UFC 239 ended in the fastest and perhaps most violent knockout in the history of the UFC.
Veteran welterweight Masvidal used a hellacious flying knee coming out of the gate to knock Askren cold.
The time of the stoppage officially was at the 0:05 mark of the opening round. That beat, by one-second, Duane Ludwig’s record, set in a victory over Jonathan Goulet in 2006.
“I really wanted to beat his ass for 14 minutes and 30 seconds, but it didn’t happen, so back to business,” Masvidal said.
Masvidal, with his hands behind his back, came out at an odd angle and charged at Askren, who attempted to duck under it.
Instead, the knee landed flush on Askren’s ear, knocking him stiff to the mat. Masvidal landed two more punches to the clearly unconscious Askren before the referee could step in and wave things off.
Masvidal taunted Askren as doctors rushed into the cage to attend to his foe, with whom he had engaged in quite a bit of trash talk leading up to the fight.
“That dude was talking wild, man,” Masvidal said. “I have to show you there’s consequences sometimes, there’s some bad (expletive) out there.”
The victory was by far the biggest in the career of Masvidal, a longtime presence on the scene who is finally breaking through to the top. He’s won two straight, both by knockout, and five of his past seven.
It also marked the first career loss for Askren, the former Bellator and ONE welterweight titleholder. After regaining consciousness, Askren left the cage under his own power.
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