There's nothing in sports quite as thrilling as a knockout and nobody does them better than the fighters on the GLORY Kickboxing roster. Whatever their weight class, whatever their martial arts style, GLORY fighters get in the ring looking to prove they are the best of the best by stopping whoever is put in front of them.
As usual it has been difficult to narrow down all the contenders to a final shortlist of four, but the quarter below really stand out. Which of them do you think was the best knockoutof 2016?
Guto Inocente vs. Demoreo Dennis, GLORY 27 CHICAGO
Inocente comes from Brazil and has a background, originally, in karate. That gives him an unusual style relative to most kickboxers. His game is kick-based and features a lot of unorthodox kicking techniques.
Dennis found that out the hard way when he was hit with a spinning hook kick out of nowhere and knocked out just forty seconds into their fight in Chicago earlier this year.
Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Warren Thompson, GLORY 32 VIRGINIA
Hameur-Lain was one of four fighters taking part in the Light-Heavyweight Contender Tournament at GLORY 32 VIRGINIA. The tournament was beset with pullouts and Hameur-Lain was left without an opponent at the start of fight week.
GLORY veteran Thompson stepped up and took a crack at it but the gamble backfired as Hameur-Lain knocked him out in the first round with a huge right cross which had Thompson asleep before he hit the canvas. Hameur-Lain went on to win the tournament.
Jason Wilnis vs. Simon Marcus, GLORY 33 NEW JERSEY
Jason 'Psycho' Wilnis spent 2016 climbing the rankings, resulting in a title shot against Simon Marcus of Canada. The two had met once before, Marcus taking a decision win over Wilnis in the final of the GLORY 20 DUBAI Middleweight Contender Tournament.
This time, things would be different. Wilnis had studied Marcus and had the right gameplan in place. Marcus repeatedly found himself walking onto big shots from Wilnis. As his frustration grew he abandoned finesse in favor of pure aggression, but that played into Winis hands.
Marcus kept surging forwards and Wilnis kept dropping him, ending the fight under the multiple knockdown rule and sending the championship belt home to the Netherlands with Wilnis.
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Chi Lewis-Parry and Doumced go toe-to-toe in the inaugraul GLORY games. Each fighter spent countless hours preparing for what may be the most important battle of their careers.
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Marat Grigorian has a late change of opponent for his #GLORY39 Brussels appointment. He doesn't know much about Anton Petrov of Bulgaria, but he does know what he wants him to do: come forward and meet him in the middle of the ring.
Guto Inocente brings his spin-kicking style to #GLORY39 Brussels on Saturday March 25 for a fight with Jamal Ben Saddik, the tallest fighter on the GLORY roster.
Go behind the scenes at the official #GLORY39 Brussels weigh-ins as things get heated between welterweight champion Doumced and his rival Yoann Kongolo.
Doumced and Yoann Kongolo do not like each other at all and on Saturday night they will throw down in the main event of #GLORY39 Brussels with Doumbe's welterweight title on the line.
The youngest male fighter on the GLORY roster fights in one of the sport's most stacked weight classes but that just adds an extra layer of challenge for the ambitious Tyjani Beztati. #GLORY39
Heavyweight contender Ben Saddik Jamal faces Guto Inocente at #GLORY39 Brussels on Saturday night and is looking to end the Brazilian's undefeated run in GLORY and take a step closer to his title shot.
Yoann Kongolo is an angry man. Cedric Doumbé has been talking him down ahead of their #GLORY39 Brussels fight on Saturday, March 25 and Kongolo, winner of their previous two encounters, is looking to "punish" and "destroy" him when they meet in the ring.
'Chopper' Chi Lewis-Parry faces Hesdy Gerges this Saturday at #GLORY39 Brussels. It's the biggest fight of his career but he says he is feeling no pressure at all and that all the pressure is on Gerges.
Hesdy Gerges and Chi Lewis-Parry have a heavyweight encounter lined up on the #GLORY39 SuperFight Series on Saturday night and it's a very important fight for both of their careers.
Doumced defends his welterweight title for the first time on Saturday night in what will be their third encounter. Kongolo won the first two by decision but Doumbé says this one will go very differently.