Kicking things off in this KO compilation blog is Goiti Yamauchi upsetting Neiman Gracie last night at Bellator 284 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with one of the most perfectly timed/placed uppercuts you'll see in a cage this year.
Neiman wasn't the only heavy favorite to get starched last night, though, as Austin Vanderford (AKA Mr. VanZant) was TKO'd by Aaron Jeffery, an unranked middleweight who stepped up and accepted this fight on 8 days notice....
....and that hot streak for short-notice fighters bled into the PFL playoffs this afternoon as well, when Dilano Taylor viciously knocked out Rory MacDonald in their main event.
Absolutely brutal. Rory MacDonald has been one of my favorite fighters to watch for quite some time but there's lot of people calling for him to retire right now. Not sure if his heart is still in it at this point - he hasn't exactly had the best run in PFL. Would love to see him rebound with a W soon, but if this is it for the Red King - thanks for all the wars.
Dilano Taylor will now advance to the finals of a $1mil tournament he wasn't even apart of three days ago.
Over on the UFC San Diego card, we saw a pair of huuuuge knockouts from some Hawaii boys in Josh Quinlan and Tyson Nam!
You wanna talk about restraint for a minute? Not throwing THIS punch…..
…..THAT is restraint. What a picture. What a god damn picture.
Tyson Nam landing that KO shot on a game competitor like Ode Osbourne was undoubtedly amazing, but it's made 10x more amazing by the minute of commentary from Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier that led up to it….
I know some people don't like their style of commentary, where they'll joke around and have fun a bit more than you're used to hearing in sports, but I love it. Their passion is amazing and bleeds through the screen every Saturday. They could make me excited for anything.
Oh, and speaking of getting excited, did you hear the arena ERUPT when Paddy "The Baddy" Pimblett walked in?! He might be the biggest star in that damn place tonight!
Gotta love it.
UPDATE: Priscila Cachoeira just became the third female underdog on this card to win their fight!
Unfortunately, this also busted the Spinnin Backfist parlay. Oh well.