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.
Robin van Roosmalen looked like a train with no brakes Friday night.
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GLORY Kickboxing added 104 new photos to the album: GLORY 37 Los Angeles - Weigh Ins.
We're just hours away from a massive night of #Kickboxing in downtown #LosAngeles - get warmed up for #GLORY37 with episode 6 of the GLORY Kickboxing podcast.
TONIGHT is fight night in #LosAngeles! Watch as all of the #GLORY37 fighters get geared up for the big show at The Novo DTLA with "Inside GLORY 37, episode 3."
Two of the most exciting American fighters on the GLORY roster go toe-to-toe tonight at #GLORY37 on the SuperFight Series - hear what they had to say ahead of the show.
Watch this fight on UFC Fight Pass tonight at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT: http://bit.ly/GLORY37SuperFightSeriesonUFCFightPass
GLORY Kickboxing added 50 new photos to the album: GLORY 37 Los Angeles — with GIGA CHIKADZE and Victor Leo Pinto - ลีโอ ปินโต at The Novo DTLA.
Jason "Psycho" Wilnis shocked the world and took the middleweight belt at GLORY 33, and TONIGHT at #GLORY37 Los Angeles he's ready to defend that belt. Who's on team Wilnis?
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Israel Adesanya is staring down the barrel of the biggest opportunity of his life, with the middleweight world championship belt at the other end of five rounds. Who's on team Adesanya tonight at #GLORY37 Los Angeles? http://bit.ly/GLORY37onESPN3
This is "Inside #GLORY37, episode 2," giving you another behind the scenes look at the GLORY Kickboxing fighters getting ready for fight night. Which matchup is your must watch fight of the night?
The #GLORY37 weighs ins took place this afternoon in downtown #LosAngeles, and most fighters made weight. Unfortunately, Robin van Roosmalen missed weight and was forced to vacate the title. If Matt "Matics" Embree wins, he will become champion. If Robin wins, he will be the #1 contender in the featherweight division.
Join the GLORY women's super bantamweight champ Tiffany TimeBomb Van Soest for a night of #KICKBOXING tomorrow night at #GLORY37 Los Angeles, buy your tickets at www.bit.ly/GLORY37tix
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Get your questions ready for Canadian featherweight phenom Matt "Matics" Embree and join us at 9pm ET / 6pm PT for an exclusive live streamed Q&A with the title challenger ahead of #GLORY37 this Friday night.
Go behind the scenes during fight week with the #GLORY37 athletes ahead of Friday night’s show at The Novo DTLA - this is “Inside GLORY 37, episode 1"
TODAY, make sure you're tuned into the Joe Rogan Experience to catch our very own Joseph "Bazooka Joe" Valtellini talking all things #Kickboxing and #GLORY37 ahead of this Friday's fights! Get your tickets to the show at The Novo DTLA from www.bit.ly/GLORY37tix
It's officially #GLORY37 FIGHT WEEK! Preview the action happening this Friday night in #LosAngeles with "The GLORY Kickboxing Podcast, ep. 5," and subsribe to the podcast on iTunes at https://itun.es/us/_GPahb.c
Can't make it to the arena live this Friday? We have you covered. The #GLORY37 SuperFight Series begins at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT on #UFCFightPass, followed by GLORY 37 Los Angeles at 1am ET / 10pm PT on ESPN3!
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It's hard to believe #GLORYCollision was already a month ago - but we're back in action with TWO world titles on the line at #GLORY37 Los Angeles, next Friday at The Novo DTLA: www.bit.ly/GLORY37tix
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Go inside the ring with featherweight title challenger Matt "Matics" Embree and Joseph "Bazooka Joe" Valtellini, and get a look at Embree's brilliant strategic mind leading into #GLORY37 next Friday, January 20th, at The Novo DTLA. Buy tickets at www.bit.ly/GLORY37tix