Faces of death, some of the most powerful knockout shots can cause epic photos like these…

Knockouts in combat sports represent a culmination of what fans came to see. Paying patrons are often coming purely in search of that fight ending strike, and it’s also how many fighters train to finish.

When you get a well trained photographer in attendance at a mixed martial arts/Muay Thai or boxing event, classic moments are captured in still image. These snapshots can represent both the glorious highs of victory, and the harrowing lows of defeat. Such is the yin and yang of fighting.

rousey ko loss

A classic fight ending moment from Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, which spurred a high number of edits and memes based on this chilling photograph. So let’s take a look at seven perfectly timed photos from MMA, Muay Thai and boxing at the moment of the knockout.


Castillo vs Brenneman

Lightweight competitors Danny Castillo and Charlie Brenneman faced off in the UFC in 2014, and the result was this crazy knockout image following a big right hand from Castillo. The Team Alpha Male rep has not won a fight since that day in Baltimore, and has lost four straight.


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